Central New York residents will be able to get rid of sensitive or secure information with a free shredding event this weekend.
The event, called “Secure Your ID Day,” is to help curb identity theft and educate the public about the issue, according to the Better Business Bureau.
“Data breaches and other cyber security incidents continue dominating the news, so people may not think about the importance of shredding old sensitive or secure documents,” bureau officials stated. “Once an identity thief gets a hold of your information, they have it, regardless of how they got it.”
Residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents for free shredding. Volunteers will also be on site with more information on how to best keep your information secure, the bureau stated.
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Date: Saturday, Oct. 7
Location: TOPS Friendly Market, 2265 Downer St., Baldwinsville
Identity theft has been an increasing problem every year, according to the BBB. More than 15 million United States residents lost a combined $16 billion in 2016 to identity thieves, compared to the $15.3 billion lost by 13.1 million residents the year before, according to bureau estimations.
The organization believes identity thieves have stolen more than $107 billion from people over the last six years.
10 tips to protect identity:
- Regularly check your credit report
- Monitor account statements for suspicious purchases
- Shred credit card applications and statements before throwing them out
- Don’t give out personal information
- Make sure secure websites begin with “https” in the URL (as opposed to “http”
- Protect and regularly change your PINs and passwords
- Cut up old credit cards and limit how many credit cards you carry
- Realize that pre-approved credit card offers can be stolen from your mailbox by identity thieves
- Keep anti-virus and anti-spyware software updated on your computer
- Sign up for the do not call list at donotcall.gov