Posted January 11, 2022 in Lifestyle
Millennials: Getting It Wrong About Identity Theft
Millennials have grown up on technology like personal computers, cell phones and the internet. And while they may be tech-savvy, millennials also are the most blasé about how technology can lead to identity theft.
Becoming more aware of the real dangers of identify theft is the first step. Security First Bank has partnered with Identity Theft 911 (IDT911), a premier provider of identity protection solutions, to provide our millenials (and all deposit customers) with identity theft protection services. Here are a few basic steps to consider to help fortify your good name and credit online:
- Use strong passwords containing uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters, and vary the passwords on each website.
- Be careful when sharing personal information on social media, especially addresses and birth dates, which identity thieves can use to commit further crimes.
- Avoid public Wi-Fi, especially to access bank and financial accounts.
Follow the three Ms recommended by Adam Levin, chairman and founder of IDT911:
- Minimize your risk of exposure
- Monitor your bank and credit card accounts daily
- Manage any potential damage by using identity theft protection resources.
Security First Bank provides account alerts that will notify you when specific events are happening in your account, to help lessen your risk of identity theft. Log onto Online Banking to get started.
If you suspect you’re a victim of identity theft or wish to proactively manage your identity, contact your local Security First banker. Security First Bank offers identity services from IDT911 at no cost.