How to Prevent Identity Theft in California

Identity Theft in California

Identity theft has become an issue in today’s online world and the costs to a victim can be very high.  Having the proper insurance in place can also help protect you in case of a violation.  The agents at Fidelity Insurance Service can evaluate your insurance needs to ensure you are protected.

Here are some tips to help protect from identity theft:

  • Social Networking sites – be mindful of posting any sensitive information on social sites as thieves can troll these sites to find information like address, phone numbers, birthdates, kid’s and pet's names, etc.  They can then use these to hack into your personal bank accounts.  Setting your privacy to Friends Only and turning off the ability to share information is a good idea.
  • Downloading apps – apps you install on your phone can be used to install spyware and lift account and other sensitive information from your mobile device.  To avoid the bad ones, stick to apps from well-known, reputable companies and those reviewed in respected publications.  Also, be wary of unsolicited advertisements.
  • Wifi hot spots -  If you go online at the airport, library, a coffee shop or any other public place that has free WiFi, thieves using the same connection can hack into your laptop or smartphone.   Try to avoid using wireless connections-especially free ones that don’t require a password-even if it’s just to check your email.

Contact Fidelity Insurance Service in Berkeley, located in the San Francisco Bay Area, if you have any questions or concerns about protecting yourself and your family from identity threats.