Mommy's Favorite Things: Protect your Family from Identity Theft

Friday, July 20, 2018

Protect your Family from Identity Theft

Being a mother means having many different responsibilities under your hat.
That said one of those is making sure the family finances stay safe.
With that in mind, have you done everything you can to keep identity theft thieves away from your loved ones?

Be a Pro-Active Mom
If you have been a little lax in watching out over your family’s finances, this needs to change sooner than later.

It is important to note that it only takes one successful theft to change your family’s lives for years to come.

One way to go about better protecting the family is having someone watch over your finances.
So, go online and do some research to see which companies get the best ratings in watching over consumers.

You want to look at how good is LifeLock and the other well-known providers.
In doing such searches, review them on the following:

· History – How long have they been around. Companies that have been around for many years tend to do so because consumers trust them.

· Results – I.D. theft protection providers getting results are those to gravitate to. Those results mean they are doing something right.

· Services – What kinds of services do they offer? From oddities in a credit report to criminals and your bank account, find a provider to protect you.

· Feedback – Last, see what kind of customer feedback each provider gets. This can go a long way in helping you decide which one will best suit your needs.

Remind Your Children to Be Careful Online
As your children get older, there is a very good chance they will be spending time online. As such, they need to do so with care.

For instance, your child should never do any of the following acts online:

· Talk to strangers – It sounds like commonsense, but too many kids talk to strangers online. Many thieves know they have the experience to trick kids into getting them to do what they want. Remind your son or daughter to avoid strangers online no matter what they may say to them.

· Volunteer details – You do not want your kid to tell strangers about sensitive family info. This includes where your family banks, what credit cards you use, and more. Too many criminals can put the pieces together and figure out the details with only one small clue.

· Make online purchases – Last, with consumers making online buys on a daily basis, could your kid be one? Unless you are there with them on the computer, your child should not order something online. This is even more important when a credit card could be in play. Until your child is the right age in his or her teens to do such things have set rules in place for your child.
As you look to protect your family from the dangers of identity theft, are all your bases properly covered?

If they are not, make this a priority moving forward starting today.


Trisha McKee said...

A relative's banking information was compromised and I recommended Lifelock. This is such an important topic that everyone should research and have a plan in place.