Identity theft seems like a faceless crime — until you become a victim.
Hackers are constantly seeking ways to hijack personal details, including financial and work information, to create fraudulent identities that allow them to drain financial accounts and steal other data.
To prevent identity theft, the CyberSafe at USPS team offers these tips:
- Use strong, unique passwords. Use different passwords for each of your accounts. Passwords should have a minimum of 15 characters that include upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters, such as !, @ and $.
- Monitor your financial accounts. Regularly check your credit and debit card statements for unauthorized activity.
- Protect your personal information. Hackers seek personal information to build a fraudulent profile. Be cautious of posting pictures, videos and messages online.
Additionally, make sure to contact the agencies or companies that oversee your stolen credentials. For example, if you suspect your Social Security number has been compromised, contact the Social Security Administration.