The fact of the matter is – becoming a victim of identity theft is not a question of if, but of when…
Understanding this simple fact is the first step to minimizing your risk. Having protection to alert you at the earliest stages – along with powerful resources to immediately combat the theft are critical. SOLUS' Platinum Protection delivers these resources.
Take it upon yourself to develop a solid foundation of knowledge about identity theft.
- Monitor your credit – so you know right away when you are a victim. Learn more
- Get protected so that when you do become a victim, all the restoration is done for you, allowing you to save your time and money for more important things. Learn more
- Rest assured that, as a victim of identity theft, your out-of pocket expenses will be virtually eliminated with our Expense Reimbursement Coverage. Learn more
- Know that your piece of mind will be protected with legal assistance and emotional trauma support. Learn more
Periodic review of the latest news is one way to increase your knowledge. RSS Feeds can also be utilized for this purpose. Studying information provided by major government agencies is another. SOLUS delivers a monthly member eNewsletter which will deliver the latest news, tips and links to aid in this endeavor.
Minimize your risk of becoming a victim by increasing your awareness of how your day-to-day activities put you at risk. Deter thieves by safeguarding your information.
- Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them. In other words, shred anything that has a signature, account number, Social Security number, or medical or legal information (plus credit offers).
- Protect your Social Security number. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write your Social Security number on a check. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
- Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
- Never click on links to be sent in unsolicited emails; instead type in a web address you know. Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up to date.
- Don’t use obvious passwords like your birth date your mother’s maiden name, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
- Keep your personal information in a secure place at home, especially if you have a roommate, employ outside help, or are having work done on your house.
- Opt out of pre-screened credit offers and telemarketing call lists.