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Regularly apply for a copy of your credit file to look out for any unauthorised activity

Top tips from Equifax to keep consumers’ data safe from criminals:

•Shred statements, bills and direct mail which contains personal information before you dispose of them

•Redirect mail if you move

•Keep your PIN and passwords secure and ensure they are not easy to guess

•Always check bank statements and credit card statements carefully against receipts

•Be careful of what you carry around in your handbag or wallet. Credit card receipts, payslips, driving licence, bank statement, utility bill…these all reveal a lot of information about you and a combination of these can be a fraudsters dream

•When using online banking, ensure people can’t view your details and log out of websites, rather than just closing the window

•No matter how much you trust your friends, work colleagues, do not give out your PIN under any circumstances

•Never store your PIN on smartphone, tablet or laptop devices - ensure these devices are themselves properly PIN or password protected

•Do a factory reset when trading in an old phone to wipe it clean and remove any personal data

•If you are disposing of an old computer, or other electronic device that stores data make sure you remove the information from the hard drive

•Make sure your computer has the latest virus protection that ideally updates hourly and you have a Firewall

•Regularly apply for a copy of your credit file to look out for any unauthorised activity.This will help you to act quickly if any identity theft has occurred

Equifax WebDetect, the 24/7 ID monitoring solution, helps keep consumers one step ahead of fraudsters by alerting them to potential unauthorised trading of their personal information. WebDetect is free for customers purchasing their Equifax Credit Report or Credit Score.

The Equifax Credit Report is accessible for 30 days free simply by logging onto http://www.equifax.co.uk/Products/credit/credit-report.html. If customers do not cancel before the end of the 30 Day Free Trial, the service will continue at £9.95 per month, giving them unlimited online access to their credit information and weekly alerts on any changes to their credit file. It also includes an online dispute facility to help them correct any errors on their credit file simply and quickly.

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