The Heartbleed security issue has affected online banking and threatened the CRA in the middle of tax season, raising the specter of identity theft in the minds of your clients.

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Here are some everyday tips you can pass along to help them feel more secure.

  • Don’t carry your social insurance card or documents that show your SIN.
  • Don’t give a business your SIN just because someone asks. Give it only when required.
  • Check your credit report every 12 months.
  • Keep personal information in your home under lock and key.
  • Protect your personal computers by using firewalls and anti-virus software, updating security patches and changing passwords for Internet accounts.
  • Don’t give out personal information over the phone, through the mail or online unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.

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In case of fraud:

  • Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
  • Close any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently.

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