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Keep Yourself Safe From Identity Theft

July 29, 2011

If you’re like many Americans, your smart phone is like a lifeline. We use our mobile devices to check email, text, manage finances, shop and more. Unfortunately, this also means that a lot of sensitive data is stored in an easily accessible form. Identity thieves can use this to take control of your life and your credit scores. However, a fear of identity theft shouldn’t stop you from traveling this summer. In fact, by following advice from a recent post on the FreeScore blog, you can have a safe vacation and keep your identity intact.

In “Stay Vigilant Against Identity Theft While Relaxing on Vacation,” the credit experts at FreeScore provide helpful tips for staying safe while on vacation.

Do you know where your laptop or smart phone is at all times? Even though many of us consider mobile devices indispensible, it is quite alarming how often these things are left behind. In fact, a Texas-based data security company discovered that more than 11,000 laptops, tablets, smart phones and the like were left behind at airports. If you took into account how many people forget their smart phones at coffee shops, the combined numbers may be even scarier. For identity thieves, one moment of forgetfulness on your part could lead to a big reward for them. Protect yourself this summer by being aware of your surroundings and possessions.

One amenity that businesses use to lure travelers is free WiFi. While free WiFi may seem like a carefree luxury, many identity thieves set up fake networks to grab your information when you log on. Before you use an unknown network, make sure it’s legitimate.

Using these tips can help you avoid the headaches of identity theft during your summer vacation and throughout the year. Another way to protect yourself is through FreeScore.com. FreeScore gives you the Power of 3: credit scores, monitoring, and alerts at the three major credit bureaus — TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. If an identity thief obtains your personal information, FreeScore will notify you so you can take immediate action. Go relax, enjoy your vacation and have peace of mind in knowing that your identity is safe with services from FreeScore.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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