Easy Steps To Stopping Identity Theft
DICKSON, Tenn. – Saturday is “National Secure Your ID Day,” and taking your security seriously means protecting what's on your computer and even what documents are in your home.
You may not know it, but even the type of shredder you use could play a big role in keeping information out of the wrong hands.
"People are looking for easy targets and unfortunately sometimes we make it easy for them,” said Kendall Regen who owns Granite Retirement & Regen Tax, Inc. in Dickson.
You would think Regen’s business would slow down this time of year, but protecting his clients from identity thieves is a year-round job.
For many, it's as simple as making a trip to the shredder anytime you're getting rid of a piece of paper with a name, address, social security or date of birth. But Regen says it's worth spending a little extra money to make sure you're using the right type of shredder with a cross-cut.
"Because it's almost impossible for them to tape these together and put them back together,” he said. "They can get your shredded vertical documents and put them together with software and time."
Regen says it's also smart not to let piles of documents with sensitive information pile up for years. That's why tax documents should be shredded after seven years, pay stubs after one and bank or credit card statements after 60 days.
It’s all in hopes to keep all personal information private.
"It's real simple for them once they get some basic information on how much they can find and a lot of people today don't realize how easy it is to steal your identity,” he said.