Security at home and online

See what you know about financial safety at home and online. Review this checklist that contains smart ideas for protecting yourself.

Smart ideas for protecting yourself

  • Be wary of strangers you allow in. Keep sensitive data, credit cards, and checkbooks out of sight.
  • Store your new and cancelled checks securely.
  • 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.

Note: To maximize Web transaction safety, use a recent version of your Web browser. Web addresses starting with “https” and Web pages with a padlock symbol in the lower right corner are safest.

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