Security at home and online

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Be wary of strangers you allow in. Keep sensitive data, credit cards, and checkbooks out of sight.
Safely store copies of your driver’s license, credit cards, car registration, I.D. cards, etc.
Shred old and unnecessary financial documents, statements, and unwanted credit offers.
Don’t send personal information such as account numbers, credit card numbers, or PINs via email.
Select one credit card with a low credit limit to use for all your online purchases.
Immediately after you make a Web transaction, completely close your browser.
Turn off your computer when you’re not using it – don’t leave it in “sleep” mode.
Never download files or click on hyperlinks in emails from people or companies you don’t know.
Install a firewall, virus protection, and spyware on your computer and update them regularly.
Keep credit offers you receive in the mail for one year – or until they expire.
Keep copies of your Social Security card, passport, and driver’s license next to your phone.
After you pay your taxes each year, be sure to shred all of your cancelled checks.
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