Fredric Paul, at the SmallBizResource Blog, recently listed five ways you can help stop identity theft. Here's what Fredrick recommended:
- Collect only essential information. The more data you collect, the greater your potential liability. Don't collect information "just in case."
- Limit access. Not just anyone at the company can access this customer data anytime they want, right?
- Secure your workplace. Not all security breeches are high-tech intrusions like a scene from the movie Sneakers. Sometimes the thief walks right in and takes it, like Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible. (Actually, they walked in and took it in Sneakers, too, come to think of it.)
- Dispose of it. When you no longer need your confidential data, dispose of it properly -- use a cross-cut shredder on paper and software that thoroughly destroys the bits on electronic information. Don't just delete files. They're not really deleted.