Protect Your Social Security Number
Avoid using your social security number whenever you can. Many places use social security numbers for user identification. Ask to use an alternate number if possible. In addition, don't print it on personal checks. Your Social Security number is the key to most of your financial information which makes it a prime target for criminals. Only give it out when absolutely necessary.
Don't get hooked by a Phishing expedition
- Don't reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal or financial information, and don't click on links in the message.
- Don't cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser -- phishers can make links look like they go one place, but actually send you to a different site.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a two-way firewall, and update them all regularly.
- Don't send personal or financial information by email.
- Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive regardless of who sent them.