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Weekly Financial Tip

With the uptick in identity theft and data breaches, it's more important than ever to safeguard your financial information. Here are a several steps to protect your accounts and financial information:

1) Secure your hardware: Keep your security software current and ensure the security software is never turned off. Password-protect your devices and log out of your accounts when finished.

2) Change your password: Reset your financial log-in passwords at least every ninety days and don't use the same password for more than one account. Note: If you struggle with remembering your password, try using password management software. Be sure to review the encryption standards.

3) Secure your apps: Turn on the security settings for all apps related to your finances and choose the highest security setting available.

4) Read your statements: Review you credit card and bank statements each month and report any unfamiliar charges or claims.

5) Protect your papers: Keep your financial documents in a secure location and shred everything you no longer need before you get rid of it.

6) Limit social sharing: Don't give criminals the answers to your financial account challenge questions, like your pet's name, your mother's maiden name, or your favorite band.

7) Secure your credit: If you think you're vulnerable to identity theft, place a fraud alert or security freeze on your credit reports.

Additional Resources:

- Password Management Software Reference

- Free Credit Report Information

- FTC Consumer Information

- AARP - Free Watchdog Alerts Sign Up

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