I was just listening to the news and saw a slew of holiday-related incidents.
So, although we’ve all “been there done that” and know better, I thought I’d dig up some safety tips for y’all.
Not in these lists is protection from the recent Target (store chain) credit card breach:
Protect Yourself From Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud:
Simple little things:
- Take little with you; only what you need
- Don’t keep money, wallets, purses, credit cards out
- Be careful who is around you at ATMs or terminals that take your credit card information
- Block your card and PIN numbers as much as you can when in use
- Use wallets that are protected from scanners
- Be alert, walk straight, aware of your surroundings
- Don’t fall asleep on trains! (I can’t tell you how may “train incidents” I’ve had. I now use an “Aranda bib”: see http://tinyurl.com/luvymud and http://tinyurl.com/lfvq35f and http://tinyurl.com/kkhb3nm)
Other things to consider:
- Change your PIN numbers log-in information often and pick really good password; see http://tinyurl.com/6ejna93and http://tinyurl.com/42w2p3b
- Monitor your credit regularly; sign up for a service
- Consider purchasing an identity protection service such as Identity Guard: http://tinyurl.com/kgqh2nc
- Be wary about Internet scams and how much personal information you put out about yourself on the Internet
- Holiday shopping:
- CDC tips:
- National Safety Council:
- LAPD Safety Tips:
- American Academy of Pediatrics:
And for Our Patients:
Spend a little bit of time with patients talking — not only about how they feel about the holidays and combating “holiday blues” — but about safety issues.