Keep your identity: protect against Internet identity theft

Published: Monday, Nov. 19 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

Desrochers says online shoppers should only use wireless connections that require a security key or certificate, only shop on reputable sites, never offer personal information, don't stay on suspicious websites and read the customer reviews before ordering.

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As Black Friday offers move onto the web, the opportunities for theft increase as well.

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, affecting more than 15 million victims a year according to the Sacramento Bee.

"Because of the emotional and financial impact identity theft can have on an individual and their family, we thought it was important to offer some tips to help avoid identity theft," said Mark Desrochers, president of Personal Lines at Hanover, in a statement.

Desrochers says online shoppers should only use wireless connections that require a security key or certificate, only shop on reputable sites, never offer personal information, don't stay on suspicious websites and read the customer reviews before ordering.

Use credit cards, rather than debit, Desroachers said. Debit allows thieves easier access to funds in your bank account.

EMAIL: alovell@deseretnews.com

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