First, the Target breach.
Second, my place of employment, at Sorenson through Ultipro. Ultipro is how my employer does HR related work via the internet.
Third, California DMV.
Fourth, eBay. (See picture)
1. If you have been hacked already, change your bank account numbers if they have been affected.
2. Monitor your activity using something like Mint or your own bank's web site.
3. Subscribe to identity protection such as Life Lock.
My employer already gave me a one year subscription for identity theft monitoring.
4. Use credit cards or cash only.
Using credit cards is a good idea because any fraudulent charges don't actually come out from my bank account and can be resolved more easily through the credit card company. Cash only is a good idea too if you really want to be safe.
5. Create harder passwords or use a password generator like the built-in one for Apple.
I try to make sure my passwords are hard to guess and are different from each other. I keep a long list of accounts, websites, and password information and access that regularly to remember what password goes to what. Use a password generator. Apple has a built in one that creates really hard-to-crack passwords. At times it makes thing inconvenient, however, it keeps your information private and secure.
6. If you have been a victim of identity theft with your tax information make sure to fill out a Form 14039 with the IRS here in America.
7. Straight from theIRS web site.
Tips to protect you from becoming a victim of identity theft
- Don’t carry your Social Security card or any documents that include your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
- Don’t give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
- Protect your financial information.
- Check your credit report every 12 months.
- Secure personal information in your home.
- Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-spam/virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.
- Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.