Identity Theft Protection Tips

Your identity is your most valuable possession. Here's how to protect it. 

Protection starts with education

Identity theft can lead to financial difficulties and stress. Take control by being aware of your online activities and following these tips to protect yourself:

  • Don’t share personal information online, such as your address, phone numbers, Social Security number, birth date, or birth place
  • Store sensitive personal and financial documents in a secure location and shred them prior to disposal
  • Never carry around your Social Security card or share your number unless absolutely necessary
  • Promptly retrieve your mail or arrange a hold with the U.S. Postal Service if you are unavailable for several days
  • Opt out of prescreened credit and insurance offers by calling 1-888-567-8688 or visiting
  • Delete all personal information on electronic devices prior to disposal

Technology we rely on

  • Only download programs from known, reliable sources
  • Make sure your operating system, software, browser versions and plug-ins are current
  • Use public computers and Wi-Fi networks with caution – online banking, downloads, and other private activities should be conducted, when possible, on a private computer or Wi-Fi network
  • Secure your devices with adequate security to prevent unauthorized users from remotely accessing your devices or home network. Please visit our Online and Mobile Fraud Protections page for additional recommendations.