No matter what time of year it is we all have to be on guard to protect our identity. Sherie Dodsworth Ceo and founder of Securita on line wrote this very timely newsletter offering organizing ideas to protect our identity. At the end of the newsletter is information about the porta vault she developed, which I personally use and have found it invaluable to me and my family!
“The holiday season is the season for giving, and unfortunately also the peak stealing season for identity thieves and con artists. These criminals are out in full force during the biggest shopping season of the year, just waiting for the right opportunity to take advantage of stressed and distracted shoppers. You can never be too safe when it comes to your personal information. By understanding the risks and taking extra precautions, you can give yourself the best holiday gift of all: peace of mind that your identity is safe.
Use only authenticated Web sites to conduct business online. Before submitting personal or financial information through a Web site, check for the locked padlock image on your browser’s status bar or look for “https://” (rather than http://) in your browser window. According to the Better Business Bureau, secure sites will have “https” instead of “http” in the Web address of the purchasing information page.If you have any concerns about the authenticity of a Web page, call the site’s owner to confirm the URL.
Shopping at the Mall
Be aware of people standing nearby when you are making purchases. Identity thefts have been known to copy credit card information or even take pictures of cards on their cell phone cameras. Shopping malls are especially crowded during the holidays, so carry your wallet or purse securely. Write “Check Photo ID” in permanent ink on your credit card, near your signature. This is an effective way to remind cashiers to check your identity before processing your card.”
This is one of my favorite organizing ideas that I feel protects my family as all of our important papers are together:
The Vital Records PortaVault is an easy-to-use, comprehensive system which IDENTIFIES, ORGANIZES, STORES AND TRANSPORTS all of the important records and documents commonly found in a home.
•Eliminate the guesswork in identifying important documents
•Does not require filling out a lot of forms
•Filled with helpful hints and guidance
•Ready when you are: just grab it & go
•Prevents chaos in emergency situations
Thank you Sheri for these timely tips. What do you do to protect your identy during the holidays and throughout the year?