Nebraskans can do more to protect themselves from identity theft. Mike Cetera is with Bankrate.com and says a new report shows 77% of all Americans are afraid of identity theft but most are not taking actions to reduce the risk of it happening. He says there are several inexpensive “fixes” to prevent that from happening in the first place.
Cetera recommends shredding all bank and credit card statements or paperwork with other personal information when it is no longer needed. He says it is a good idea to invest in a home shredder or take advantage of shredding events that take place across the state. Cetera also recommends checking your credit score several times a year to make sure no one has opened a bank or credit card account in your name. He also says never use unsecured Wi-Fi connections like those found in coffee shops.
When it comes to protecting yourself from a large data breach, Cetera says, “There is no way you will be able to 100% protect yourself. When you are talking about things totally out of your control, like data breaches at large corporations or the government, there is literally nothing you can do to stop that.”