- Attack surface reduction. Reduce the number of ways in which you can be attacked. Maintain as few online and other accounts as you reasonably, practically can. DELETE accounts that you no longer use. This will help to reduce your potential for being breached. If you leave abandoned accounts everywhere, you will get breached.
- Passwords. If you reuse passwords across accounts or at work, you will get breached. If you use weak passwords, you will get breached. If you do not change your passwords every few months, you will get breached. Do not allow your browser to remember passwords for your most important accounts, such as banking and investing.
- Go paperless. This may seem counter-intuitive, but (properly maintained) online accounts are more secure than snail mail. Be sure to shred or burn your mail.
- Data devices. Use a hammer to physically destroy hard drives and anything which can store data before recycling them. It is a trivial matter to recover data from devices that are not properly secured or wiped.
- Your bank card has either been stolen, or is going to get stolen eventually. Use credit cards (not debit cards) for online and other purchases, and pay the bill every month. Credit cards have regulatory and financial protections that debit cards simply do not. Don’t let an attacker drain your bank account, let them steal from your credit card company instead.
- Freeze your credit. Credit monitoring services don’t really prevent ID theft. Call Equifax (yes, them…), Experian, Innovis, and Trans Union, and tell them you want a credit freeze. If you need to obtain a loan or a line of credit, call them and tell them to unfreeze it temporarily.
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