Here are 10 tips on how to keep your child’s identity secure.
1. Teach Them About Social Security Numbers
First of all, your kids should know what a social security number is and the importance of keeping it private. Never let your children carry around their social security cards!
2. Talk to Them About Phishing Scams
You know those crazy emails you get from Nigerian Royalty who want to wire you $1,000,000? A lot of kids don’t know about these kind of internet scams. Immediately report these emails as spam and do not download or click any link in the email.
3. Destroy Mail With Personal Information
Sometimes kids get pre-approved credit card offers, or anything with their personal information on it. They need to get in the habit of ripping up their mail before throwing it away. A lot of identity theft happens when thieves go through trash to fish for personal information.
4. Protect Your PC from Viruses and Spyware
Increasing your internet security is an absolute must. Use strong passwords with at least eight characters, including a combination of letters, numbers and symbols, easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess. Use a firewall, virus and spyware protection security software that you update regularly. Steer clear of malware. Download free software only from sites you know and trust. And NEVER install anything without knowing what it is.
5. Set Internet Browser Security To “High.”
Teach your little ones never to click on links in pop-ups.
6. Click With Caution
Teach kids about shopping online and to check out a Web site before entering your credit card number or other personal information. An be certain you’re wireless network security uses a strong, secure password. Internet security is far too easy to overlook, always be certain your child is web-surfing responsibly.
7. Stop Pre-Approved Credit Offers
Have your name removed from credit bureau marketing lists right away.
8. You Should Monitor Your Credit Reports and Watch What Your Kids Are Buying
I have just started to check my credit reports and look out for suspicious activity.
9. Get Outside Help
Seek additional help from credit monitoring services and save yourself a load of trouble, and money, if your ever fall victim to identity theft.
10. Additional Security Measures
Here at Brickhouse Security we strongly recommend you take full advantage of cutting edge security technology to maintain your privacy. Using a key logger on your home computer help monitor your child’s internet activity. Use surveillance equipment to keep a watchful eye on your home. And employ a counter surveillance plan if you fear you or your children are being monitored.