Spring Clean Your Cyberspace to Help Safeguard Your Online Identity

As you say farewell to winter and give a warm welcome to spring, you—like many—may be faced with the overwhelming urge to clean, organize and de-clutter any space you can get your hands on. This year as you make your spring cleaning to-do list, don't forget the space you can't get your hands on: your digital information needs to be cleaned out just as much as any closet or drawer. You never know what you—or fraudsters—might find in there. Your computer and mobile devices can be a hotbed of personal information that, if accessed by the wrong person, could be used to commit fraud or steal your identity. Here are some tips for giving your cyberspace a spring makeover:
  • Clean out your email. Make sure to delete old emails and keep only the messages you currently need.

  • "Sweep" out your browser. Your web browser can retain a lot of personal information. Be sure to periodically clear your cache and cookies.

  • Spruce up your passwords. Passwords should be complex and distinct. They should also be unique for each online account in which financial transactions are conducted.

  • Update your security software. Keep your software up to date and apply patches and service pack updates when they become available.

  • De-clutter your … everything. Consider setting up eDelivery of statements, confirms and other documents for secure delivery of account information.

  • Don't leave a trail. Shred old statements and other bank documents that you no longer need. If it gets into the wrong hands, the information could help a fraudster steal your identity.

  • Drop bad posting habits (if you have them). With spring, soon comes summer! Although you can't wait to share the great news that you just booked your dream, month-long vacation it is very important to remember that you should never post personal information on social media sites.

If you notice anything suspicious or believe you have been the victim of fraudulent activity, it is important to report it immediately. Contact the Client Service Center 1 (888) 454-3965 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). If you are outside the United States, you can call collect at 1 (801) 617-9150.

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