Frank W. Abagnale, the fraud-prevention specialist and security consultant whose life story was the inspiration for the film, "Catch Me If You Can," has created the quiz below. Gauge your preparedness by placing a check mark next to those that apply to you.
I DO have both anti-virus and firewall protection on my computer.
I DO NOT share my vacation or personal plans with “friends” on social networking sites.
I DO use a micro-precision shredder on all of my financial documents before disposing of them.
I DO NOT carry my Social Security card in my wallet.
I DO NOT write my Social Security number on my checks.
I DO shred all pre-approved “credit offers” I receive via mail before throwing them out.
I DO check the validity of site certificates when sending sensitive information over the Internet.
I DO NOT leave my mail for pickup in an unlocked location.
I DO check my credit report at least once every three months.
I DO NOT show my full birthdate on social networking sites.
I DO NOT give out my Social Security number to anyone who asks for it.
I DO cover the keypad when making transactions at an ATM.
I DO NOT keep personal information (e.g. Social Security number, financial account numbers, etc.) on a computer that is connected to the Internet.
I DO check my computer weekly for security updates and/or use automatic updates.
How many of the above statements did you check? According to Frank Abagnale, the fewer check marks you placed above, the more vulnerable you are to identity theft.
Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For over 35 years he has worked with, advised and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. His biography and information on his company and services are available at http://www.abagnale.com.
The views of the authors of these articles do not necessarily represent the views of First Republic Bank.