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Which of these passwords would be the most secure?


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?


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