The 9 Steps Needed to
Take Control of Your Identity
Why You Need To Know About This….
Identity loss can take many formats. The truth is “Identity Give-a-way” is rising at a faster rate than actual Identity Theft. This is because of a number of reasons, none the less, Identity Loss is on the rise. It can be said that this loss is primarily because we as people generally do not think of what we are doing, who we are talking to and what information we are supplying on a regular basis. Where I used to call it ” Careless- ness”, I now refer to it as “Thoughtlessness”.
The second primary reason is that people believe they are “Okay” just because it has never happened to them in the past, therefore it will not touch them in the future either.
It is believed that if you don’t see something, therefore it does not exist. Hiding your eyes so no one can see you only works when you are two years old.
I have come to the conclusion that there are nine simple steps (remember sometimes simple is not the same as easy) to take in order to reduce your risk and decrease your vulnerability when it comes to the entire subject of identity loss or theft.
What are the RISKS?
· Time loss & inconvenience
· Frustration & Loss of self respect
· Financial Loss
· Loss of Home & other possessions
· Personal Vulnerability
· Sickness, Stress & Anxiety
· Potential Criminal Charges and criminal record
· Loss of Employment
· Family Break-ups
· Bankruptcy or Loss of credit
· Loss of Reputation & Trust
· Feeling Personally Violated
These 9 Steps are:
Step 1. Accept the possibility that it CAN happen to you, your family or your business.
Step 2. Be willing to increase your awareness to what goes on around you.
Step 3. Be proactive and change some of your basic habits or business polices that involve information and how it is collected, stored, used, transferred or destroyed.
Step 4. Eliminate temptation. Ask yourself this. If you leave out a piece of chocolate cake and a little toddler gets into it, is it the fault of the toddler or your fault for leaving it out? Obviously we are talking about vital information and not cake.
Step 5. Trust your instinct. If you are asked, in any format, live, telephone, mail, internet or what ever, for information and you do not feel right providing it, then trust your instinct and do not provide it.
Step 6. Put appropriate monitoring procedures in place. It is better to be informed than to be surprised. By being notified of a potential problem area, you then have the ability to do something about it through the proper channels.
Step 7. Be sure to store your private, personal and vital information properly and securely in a locked place that is safe.
Step 8. Be aware of the communication about this subject and stop ignoring or passing it by. Also be aware of what you say while in public.
Step 9. By being aware and with an understanding of it, it becomes possible to have an emergency plan or strategy in place that will satisfy your needs in the event that something happens.
Identity difficulties are closer than you think. It ALL starts by accepting the possibilities and ends with knowing what too do if… The rest are steps in between.
These steps are not the end all but merely a simple beginning for
most of us that, up to now, would not accept the reality of what can happen. Being prepared with knowledge and having an action plan is obviously the best and smartest strategy.
At Canadian Identity Resources Inc and the “Keeping Identity Safe Trainings”, we are here to assist you where ever and however we can. Our commitment is to do so affordably and with as little inconvenience as possible.
After all, we want you to always be “The ONLY You there is! The last thing you need or desire is to have someone pretending to be you or doing something in your name that you end up being responsible for.
· Business services to safeguard against Identity Abuse.
· Victim Assistance
· Keynote conference Speaker
· Seminars & workshops specific to your groups needs
· Vulnerability Assessments for individuals, families and business
· Identity Monitoring services by established credible organizations
· Restoration services both Pre and Post Event
· Radio Frequency (RFID) Protective Sleeves for passports and paycards
· Consulting and staff training
· Employee Benefit programs involving identity loss restoration
· Free monthly e-newsletter
I CHALLENGE YOU TO…
1. Go to www.facebook.com/safeidentity for regular tips and fraud alerts.
2. Go to www.keepingidentitysafe.com for a free personal evaluation
i. Take the QUIZ
ii. Use the exercise called “Your 20/20 ID Vision
Master Yoda: “Unlearn what you have already learned, You must”
Identity theft or loss can often be avoided by changing some basic actions…. YOUR HABITS!
They are applicable to YOU, YOUR FAMILY and YOUR BUSINESS (or Career).