Learn to Protect Your Business and Your Clients from Identity Theft

Safeguarding your business's sensitive data, and your clients personal information, in your files and on your computers is just good business. After all, if that information falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud and identity theft.

Business Fraud Prevention

Is your company keeping customer information as secure as possible? Safeguarding sensitive data in your files and on your computers is just plain good business. After all, if that information falls into the wrong hands, it can lead to fraud or identity theft. A sound data security plan is built on five key principles:

1. Take stock. Know what personal information you have in your files and on your computers.

2. Scale down. Keep only what you need for your business.

3. Lock it. Protect the information in your care.

4. Pitch it. Properly dispose of what you no longer need.

5. Plan ahead. Create a plan to respond to security incidents.

Read more about how to protect your business from fraud.

Is your company keeping your financial accounts as secure as possible? It's also important to keep your business's financial account information secure. Corporate Account Takeover, a form of identity theft in which criminals steal your valid online banking credentials and hijack your accounts, is one of the leading crimes in the United States today. The good news is, if you follow these sounds business banking practices, you can protect your company:

1. Protect your accounts online. Sound business practices will keep your financial accounts safe.

2. Be smart about mobile access. Treat your mobile devices like portable computers.

3. Protect your plastic. Keep track of your ATM, debit and credit cards and who is authorized to use them.

4. Beware of social engineering. Always be cautious about giving out your financial information.

To learn more about keeping your business's financial accounts secure, read these important tips.

Additional Resources

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Taking Charge: What to do if your Identity is Stolen, Federal Trade Commission

Information Compromise and the Risk of Identity Theft: Guidance for Your Business, Bureau of Consumer Protection

Privacy & Security, Bureau of Consumer Protection