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How Can You Best Protect Yourself and Your Information
What can you do to keep your personal info secure? Are identity protection services worth the cost? What about credit freezes? Check out the FTC’s identity theft articles to find out.
You can help people learn about identity theft — whether you’re chatting with friends and family, sharing info on a social networking site, or taking resources to a religious group or PTA meeting. It’s easy to use and share these free resources from the FTC.
- Free Identity Theft Resources Free booklets – in English and Spanish — can help people in your community protect their identity and recover if an identity thief strikes.
- IdentityTheft.gov Presentation – Use this PowerPoint to show how IdentityTheft.gov makes it easier to report and recover from identity theft.
- IdentityTheft.gov Video
Other ways to protect yourself.
Data Breach? Lost Info?
Did you get a notice that says a company lost your personal information in a data breach? Did you lose your wallet? Or learn that an online account was hacked? Here are steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.
Recovering from Identity Theft
Is someone using your personal information to open accounts, file taxes, or make purchases?
Visit IdentityTheft.gov, the federal government’s one-stop resource to help you report and recover from identity theft.
Who do you contact?
Visit the following Money Smart Topics for helpful information and links.
FFIEC – Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
FDIC – Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
OCC – Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
FED – Federal Reserve
CFPB – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
FTC – Federal Trade Commission
SEC – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
HUD – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Treasury – U.S. Department of the Treasury