12 Quick Ways to Secure Your Personal Data

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Secure Your Personal Data

Think about the many places your personal data lives – the documents that contain it, the businesses collecting it, the devices storing and sharing it, the websites and apps using it. Fraudsters work by targeting those sources of data to ultimately profit from it.

Despite the “how” and “why,” security incidents like data breaches, phishing scams and more can leave you wondering: What should I do?  The good news is that awareness and prevention are often the best remedy for many of these threats.

Here are 12 tips (that will take five minutes or less!) to help better secure your personal data. Continue reading

[QUIZ] Are you an Identity Crime Prevention Expert?

Identity Crime Prevention 

When it comes to identity crime prevention, do you know how to recognize common identity crime red flags? More importantly, do you know what to do if you are faced with a potential threat to your identity? 

If you can catch fraud and identity theft in their early stages, you can often avoid many of the substantial damages that come with it. Prevention and education are always your best defense against criminals that want to misuse your personal information. 

Are you an Identity Crime Prevention Beginner, Intermediate or Expert? Take the quiz to see where you stand! 


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Credit 101: Bureaus, Reports & ID Theft

Credit Is More Than Your Card 

When your information is exposed in a data breach, it can cause panic and concern. Who can I trust? What should I do? And who has access to my information?  

The good news is that some of the most effective preventative measures are already within your reach. Your credit information – paired with the right credit protection tools – can help defend against fraud and identity theft after a data breach event.  

Each of us understands the concept of credit from our own perspectives. Credit typically means “buy now, pay off later.” Credit scores indicate our lending risk and credit reports are often reviewed to rent an apartment, apply for a loan or open new credit card accounts.

Industry experts (including those of us at EZShield, too) often suggest that consumers check their credit reports, consider placing credit freezes or fraud alerts, and contact the three major credit bureaus. So, let’s look at how credit works, how your credit reports can help you spot identity crime, and additional tools you can use to further protect your credit information.   Continue reading