It’s always important to guard personal information that could be linked to your financial accounts. But you need to be especially vigilant during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. So, for example, consider installing some mobile security software to help protect all your mobile devices from identity thieves seeking to install spyware.
Here’s another tip: Use different passwords for each new online shopping site. Even if identity thieves were to grab one of your new passwords, they still couldn’t use it for other sites you may visit. And you can find a free online program that can help you track all your passwords securely.
Also, be suspicious of websites offering extraordinarily low prices on digital devices. They’re often fakes, so, before handing over any personal information, investigate the site to determine if it’s legitimate.
One last word of caution: Don’t give out your Social Security number online. No legitimate retailer needs this number.
Take the proper precautions to reduce the risk of identity theft. The more comfortable you are with your holiday shopping, the more you can enjoy the season.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.
You can contact Joey at 1940 N. Jackson St., Suite 140, here in Tullahoma. 931-454-2435 or visit www.edwardjones.com.