UnitedHealthcare offers the below tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of identity theft. Take a minute today to review and see if there is anything you can do to help protect yourself and your identity!
Remove your Social Security card from your wallet. Store it — and all your personal information — in a secure place.
Change weak passwords. Do you use your birth date or part of your address or phone number? That might be an easy code for a thief to crack. The strongest passwords combine upper- and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is password-protected. And be careful how you use your devices at public hot spots. Most aren’t secure — which means any information you send is only protected if you’re on an encrypted website. To be sure a website is encrypted, look for “https” in the address before you log in or send any personal info.
Start being more security-minded. For example, don’t click on links in unsolicited emails. And don’t give out information over the phone or online unless you’ve verified the source.
Keep your eye on debit and credit cards when paying for purchases. If anything seems out of the ordinary, be cautious using your card.
Shred all paperwork with personal information before you throw it away. Get in the habit of doing this routinely with mail and sensitive material.
Review bills and bank statements carefully for unusual transactions.
Be sure to review your credit report regularly. This may help you recognize if your identity has been stolen. You can do this yourself for free — or pay an identity theft protection company to monitor it for you. See “Signs of ID theft.”
And keep your UnitedHealthcare insurance information private too. Don’t share your member ID, username or password with anyone. And regularly review your claims and health statements to make sure they are accurate as well.
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