Protect yourself from Identity TheftPosted: April 6, 2013 Filed under: Reference, Resources | Tags: finance, free tools, research Leave a comment
This morning, a patron called wanting to know how to protect his identity from being stolen by hackers on the Internet. He mentioned a service that could protect you through the use of one password. I wasn’t aware of a service like that but a quick online search will show you that they do exist. Lifelock is one such website.
But should you have to pay that much to be protected from hackers stealing your identity? I don’t think so. There are free alternatives that anyone can use and everyone should know about. Including me… As a librarian in the digital age, I must know this stuff like the back of my hand. It’s called financial literacy–just another form of literacy that libraries need to actively promote. The Public Library Association agrees.
Here are the best online resources I’ve found on identity theft:
Federal Trade Commision – Consumer Information – Identity Theft
“How to protect yourself from identity theft for free,” USA Today, Nov 9, 2012
Identity Theft Resource Center – NPO
Suspicious Emails & Identity Theft – irs.gov
And don’t forget the 3 credit reporting agencies (your new BFFs):