How to Protect Your Privacy Online

Did you know that the average victim of identity theft spends about 600 hours trying to fix and recover their identity?

600 hours.

That’s the equivalent of fifteen 40-hour workweeks. Imagine, you have a full-time job – with no pay – for nearly four months… recovering your own stolen identity!

When the stakes are that high, identity theft insurance is one of the smartest types of insurance you can buy for yourself. Our team at Complaints List isn’t in the business of selling goods or services. Instead, we’re here to help you be the smartest consumer – online and in physical stores – that you can be.

So, take it from us, identity theft insurance is well worth your time and money. Many consumers can get identity theft protection for $10 or less per month.

You can pick up this type of insurance through an independent broker. Or, you can check with your banking institution or employer for coverage options.

If you don’t have identity theft insurance, get it now!

In the meantime, there are a few other things you can do to protect yourself – your identity – online. Follow these tips:

– One of the most important things you can do is to use virus protection and firewall software. Many of these programs cost very little. Some are even free.

– Don’t forget to always sign-out of accounts – even on your home computer. If an intruder were to break into the average computer user’s home, all he would have to do is turn on the screen to log-in to your email and other important accounts.

Use a wide variety of passwords. Even now, in 2013, a shocking number of people continue to use the same simple passwords. These passwords are incredibly easy to hack by people who know what they’re doing.

Do not store your password information in one place. While this may be convenient for you, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if the information is stolen or otherwise compromised.

Stay safe and stay smart Complaints List readers. Check back next week for more tips on how you can protect yourself as a consumer!

Other Resources for Identity Theft Protection

Protect Your Privacy: USA.gov
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: Using the Internet Safely
Online Privacy Alliance

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