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Which of these passwords would be the most secure?

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The best option here is ILovePersonalFinance23!!, because that's the longest one, and includes letters, numbers and symbols.

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Which is the first step to take if you suspect your identity has been stolen?

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The first step to take in the event of identity theft is to file an initial fraud alert with a credit reporting agency.

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One of the most important parts of managing your finances is protecting your identity. Here are some strategies to help keep your identity, and your money, safe.

  • Protect yourself with passwords that are longer and use a variety of character types
  • Keep an eye on your monthly credit and debit card statements to be sure there aren't any suspicious charges
  • Shred any mail you get that contains personal information like credit card or Social Security numbers
  • Act quickly if you suspect you are a victim of identity theft
  • If you receive a call or email from someone claiming to be the IRS but you’re not sure if it’s real, just call the IRS yourself. They can confirm or deny the message