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2018 has just begun. Are you sticking to your resolution? Everyone at Fidelity Bank & Trust wants you to succeed!

Don’t jeopardize your identity on your way to becoming a better you. Follow these tips to protect your information:

Get in shape. This is a popular one and gyms always have great deals this time of year! If you are required to provide a social security number or copy of your driver’s license, don’t be afraid to ask how the gym keeps that information safe.

Get organized. As you clean out your file cabinets, look for personal, identifying information, including your social security number, bank account or credit card numbers, and date of birth. Before throwing away any financial statements, past taxes, medical records or other documents containing such information, you’ll need to shred them.Identity

Get your computer organized, too.

  • Make a backup of your hard drive. A timely backup can help minimize the damage in a malware or ransomware attack
  • Update your antivirus and malware protection software
  • Make sure your operating system is up to date

Clear out clutter. Before donating your used items, make sure the charity is a real nonprofit organization and not a scam. If you give things away to individuals using Craigslist or other online sites, meet in a safe, public place. Always check items for any personal, identifying information before donating. If you’re donating electronics, make sure the hard drives have been erased completely.

If your resolution is to resolve financial troubles, check out our blog about ways we can help! Happy New Year from all of us at Fidelity Bank & Trust. Member FDIC.