Here are four steps to avoid child identity theft:
- Keep all documents that show a child’s personal information safely locked up. For example, protect their social security card or birth certificate.
- Before you share your child’s personal information on the internet, make sure have a secure connection. A secure website has a lock icon in the address bar and a URL that begins with “https”.
- Use a computer with updated antivirus and firewall protection. Don’t send personal or financial information through an unsecured wireless connection in a public place. Delete electronic computer files that you no longer need, and empty your online trash or recycle bin.
- Shred letters, forms, and other papers that include your child’s personal information before you throw them out.
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