This week is National Consumer Protection Week, designed to get you thinking more about protecting your personal information.
The Nebraska Attorney General’s office reports identity theft and fraud are on the rise, so it is important to protect your personal information, especially when you are online and when it comes to your Social Security number.
“That is the highest piece of information you need to protect,” Attorney General Doug Peterson tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WJAG. “You have to be absolutely sure that who you’re dealing with on the other side is who they represent themselves to be.”
Peterson says doing business and paying bills online is convenient, but it comes with some risks if you do not actively protect your bank accounts and Social Security number.
“We think it’s also a good habit to frequently check their credit rating reports to see if there’s any activity there or check their charge cards online to see if there’s any activity happening there,” Peterson recommends.
- Set strong passwords, change them regularly, and keep them private.
- Do not share sensitive information over email – pick up the phone and make a call.
- Make sure your wireless network and digital devices are secure and have the latest updates.
- Limit the amount of personal information you share about yourself online and in social media.