Keep documents safe
Store documents with personal information such as your Social Security number, ID cards, birth certificates, passports, and so on in a safe place. If you stop receiving your mail, contact USPS immediately. Someone may have requested to have your mail forwarded to their address.
Don’t share passwords
Do not share your passwords or the access codes to your checking accounts, savings accounts, or credit or debit cards with anyone. Choose passwords that are difficult to guess or copy.
Destroy old cards
Cancel any inactive credit or debit card accounts and shred any cards you’re no longer using along with any letters you receive from the bank that you no longer need to keep. If you request a replacement card and don’t receive it within 10 business days, call us immediately to cancel it.
Only carry what you need
Limit the number of credit cards and other personal information that you carry in your wallet or purse. Keep a copy, front and back, of all your cards and documents so that if anything is ever lost or stolen, you’ll have the information needed to report the loss.
Clean-up old devices
If you’re no longer using a computer or mobile device, delete all personal information stored on the device including your passwords.
Protect your public information
Don’t include identifying personal information such as your birthdate or mailing address on your public social media profiles.
Only use private networks
Connect to the internet using secure connections that require a password. Connecting to public networks leaves your device vulnerable to anyone who may also be connected to the network.
Store your passwords securely
Don’t record your passwords on your computer or mobile device unless you are using a secure password keeper. Passwords that are kept in documents or spreadsheets can be easily stolen by anyone who gains access to your device.
Monitor account activity
Match your credit card and debit card receipts against monthly statements and report unauthorized charges immediately.