Avoid questionable online shopping sites.
If you run across an online deal that just seems too good to be true—such as 90 percent off the latest smartphone—it probably is.
Open emails with caution.
If you don’t recognize the sender or the email address, don’t open it. Also, be wary of suspicious-looking email, even if it looks like it’s from a friend. Your friend’s email was probably hacked. Delete the email, and let your friend know about it—by phone or text.
Keep your antivirus software up-to-date.
Hackers design viruses to sneak into your applications, so they can steal your personal information. With that in mind, make sure you have antivirus software running—and keep it updated.
Conduct financial tasks over secure networks only.
Don’t check your bank account balances or credit card statements when using public Wi-Fi. As a precaution, consider using a virtual privacy network (VPN) when connecting to the Internet in a public place as unsecured connections can be hijacked.
Shred printed materials.
Even in the digital age, one of the easiest ways for someone to steal your identity is off a printed check, so keep your checkbook at home. Shred any mail, receipts, or expired credit cards to prevent critical information from falling into the hands of dumpster divers.
Appear to be at home when you're away.
If you’re away on vacation, ask a neighbor to pick up your mail, so it’s not easily stolen. If you're planning on a longer trip, contact your local post office to request that it hold your mail until you return.
Review your digital identity regularly.
Remember to always examine monthly credit card and financial account statements to look for any unauthorized activity. If you discover anything that appears amiss, contact institutions immediately to discuss the matter. If it appears your accounts have been accessed without your permission, file a report and contact the three credit-reporting agencies to request that they freeze your credit reports.
Get peace of mind.
AAA Members can enroll in AAA Identity Champion Basic for free as a benefit of Membership, which provides daily credit, internet and dark web, and social media monitoring. The service alerts you if there is suspicious activity on your credit report; if your personal information is being bought, sold, or traded on illegal online markets; and if you post something on select social media that could put you at risk for identity fraud or potentially damage your reputation.