4 tips to Combat Holiday Season Identity Theft
As holiday shopping is almost underway, a few quick reminders on protecting yourself against holiday season identity theft in this 2018 season.
Shred Your New, Unused, or Expired Credit Offers
With the new holiday season comes an influx of new credit card offers. This means you need to be more diligent about keeping your credit card offers destroyed properly. Shredding these offers that contain your personal information, such as name and address may be all a thief needs to open accounts without your knowledge. Even though more sensitive information such as, full account numbers or social security numbers are generally not on these forms, they still need to be destroyed by a company that has NAID Certification Program in place.
Buying a New Computer? Shred Your Old Hard Drive
We are aware that used hard drives contain anything from bank account, social security numbers, email messages, along with plenty of other personal information. So before you donate or recycle your old computer for the newer one you may be gifted this season, remove and destroy the old hard drive. Deleting or restoring a hard drive back to factory settings is not be enough. Using state-of-the-art hard drive destruction shredders can reduce your drives to shredded scrap metal in a matter of seconds, making information retrieval from them absolutely impossible.
Review Your Bank Statements
We aren’t just advocating for you to destroying everything (although we do like shredding things). There are some things that need your attention and this includes bank statements. Whether receiving them electronically or through snail mail, make sure to look for any suspicious activity on your statements. You do have a certain level of responsibility to your bank and to yourself to exercise reasonable swiftness in looking for forged or suspicious activity. Dependent upon your bank, once the window of 30 days has passed, you may lose the opportunity to place a claim. Educate yourself about what is and isn’t covered under FDIC.
Consolidate Your Shredded Material & Bring them to Shred Alaska
Determine your retail (walk-in) shredding drop off schedule based on your needs. Create a monthly or quarterly reminder in your phone for drop off. Retail (Walk-In) Shredding is easy and convenient. With hours to serve our retail customers that are convenient. We will shred your hard drives or paper documents while you wait. Want to understand How Retail Shredding Works? or What Can I Shred?.
Being thoughtful is the name of the game this season. It’s easy to get into the hustle and bustle of the season but with these few tips you can increase your chances of having a joyous season with friends and family. Do you have questions or comments about identity theft during the 2018 holiday season?