Your Better Business Bureau along with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and Shredders is hosting a Secure Your ID Day on Saturday April 21st from 10am to 1pm at the Access Nova Scotia Centre in Bayers Lake Business Park. Consumers are encouraged to attend the event and take a key step in identity theft protection by shredding and properly disposing of their sensitive paper documents. Staff from BBB and Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations will also be on-site to provide expert advice and tips for identity theft protection.
“Properly destroying documents that carry information you don’t want getting into the hands of crooks is an important first step to fighting identity theft, but it doesn’t end there,” said Don MacKinnon, President and CEO of the BBB Serving the Atlantic Provinces.
When: Saturday, April 21, from 10am to 1pm.
Where: Access Nova Scotia Centre, 300 Horseshoe Lake Drive, Bayers Lake Business Park in Halifax.
What: Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents to be shredded free.
“Identity theft is largely a crime of access,” added MacKinnon. “The goal is to make the information less accessible and empower people to be their own first line of defense against identity theft.” Along with shredding personal documents there are other things that consumers can do to protect themselves against identity theft.
ü Cut up expired credit and debit cards, cutting through the numbers.
ü Protect your social insurance number; all account numbers and your passwords. Don’t carry these numbers in your wallet or purse. Give out your SIN number only if absolutely necessary.
ü Secure your personal documents at home, especially if you have roommates, employ outside help, or having work done in your home.
ü Monitor your bank and credit card transactions for unauthorized transactions. Crooks with your account number generally start with small transactions to see if you notice.
ü Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills do not arrive on time, follow up.
ü Don’t create obvious passwords, such as your birth date, child’s name or birth date, mother’s maiden name or the last four digits of your SIN number.
ü Never use email to communicate sensitive personal information, such as your user name, password, SIN number or credit card number.
ü Don’t use your PDA or cell phone to store credit card numbers or financial information.