John Sileo’s book, Privacy Means Profit, teaches individuals and businesses how to stay safe from this rapidly growing crime. It’s a great resource to get ahead of this rapidly growing crime.
Tip #1: Stop financial junk mail
Go to optoutprescreen.com and put an end to pre-approved offers of credit or insurance permanently or for just 5 years. Opting-out means you’ll no longer be included in lists that the credit agencies give out.
Tip #2: Eliminate unwanted phone calls
Go to donotcall.gov and remove your land line and cell phone numbers from marketing caller lists.
Tip #3: De-list yourself from local phone directories
White pages and directory assistance are primary sources of phone numbers and addresses, so removing your listing dramatically limits your exposure.
Tip #4: Don’t allow images of your home online
Go to Google Maps to remove the map street view of your home. Enter your address, click “Street View,” click “Report a Problem” (at the bottom left corner), click “Privacy Concerns”, and submit a request to have pictures of your property removed.
Tip #5: Change your credit card number
Get a card with a new number each year so your old numbers can’t be used fraudulently. Don’t close the account; simply request a replacement card and make sure to update the information with merchants you pay automatically by credit card.
Tip #6: Use an identity protection service
Using an identity protection service, such as LifeLock, gives you peace of mind that you can nip a problem in the bud. They have a variety of methods to watch for theft so you know right away if your personal data is being sold online or your credit report changes. You also get insurance that reimburses you for legal costs to restore your identity.