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P H O N E

Don’t give out credit card numbers or

other personal information over the

phone unless it’s to a trusted person or

you initiated the call yourself.

If someone calls unexpectedly and

requests your personal or financial

information, try calling the organization

they are representing to verify that the

request is legitimate. Reputable firms

never ask for personal information

without significant safeguards.

WA L L E T

Carry only essential ID such as your

driver’s license and health card. Leave

your Social Insurance Number card,

passport and birth certificate in a safe

place.

Do not let private organizations make

copies of your ID documents unless there

is a legitimate need and you know that

they will be protected adequately. The

information on the copy is as valuable as

on the original document.

O N L I N E

Make sure your computer and mobile

device are protected with passwords.

Mobile phones and tablets are small

and easily lost or stolen. They are full

of personal information that could be

compromised if they fall into the wrong

hands.

Make sure your computer is equipped

with online security and privacy

safeguards including, but not limited to,

firewalls and virus protection.

Create unique, hard-to-guess passwords

for each of your online accounts

and change them often, particularly

if you suspect they may have been

compromised.

Keep all software, especially security and

privacy safeguards, up-to-date.

Whenever possible, do not engage in

sensitive activities—like online banking

or online purchases—on your mobile

device when you are in public. You never

know who may be watching or filming

you in order to capture your personal

information.

If you feel you need to log on to your

e-mail or bank account from a library

or other public computer, make sure no

one can watch over your shoulder as you

type in your password and other private

information. Log out when you leave.