Day 2: Keep Your Identity Lily White Through Black Friday
Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, is upon us! Malls, stores, restaurants and cafés are exceptionally busy places during the holidays. This breeds a perfect environment for data thieves to make off with your identity goodies while you shop, dine or relax. It only takes a second to steal a purse from a shopping cart, a briefcase from your car or a smartphone, iPad or laptop from an unattended café table.
Solution: Lighten your load and leave excess identity at home.
- Consider taking only your mobile phone, driver’s license and one or two credit cards with you shopping to minimize the number of identity storage devices you might misplace. If you can fit the items in your pockets, your security increases. If you must have a purse, use one that zips and hangs in front of you, or consider using a backpack that stays on you at all times.
- As a last resort, hide your wallet, purse and digital devices in the trunk before you park at the mall, as thieves looking for valuables commonly monitor parking lots for potential victims placing valuables in their trunk.
- Since you are still likely to take your technology with you (don’t worry, so do I), keep it in a pocket or secured bag at all times. In addition, log out of your online accounts when you are not actively shopping, and password protect your smartphone, iPad and laptop in case they do go missing.
- Finally, when shopping, be careful about giving out any personal information when it can be overheard, and cover the PIN pad when entering your number at checkout stands and ATMs.
Taking these two shopping tips (okay, there are actually four), will save you a lot of holiday headaches! On the third day of Christmas…
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