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The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means. SALES, SALES, SALES. From in-store savings to cyber deals, stores are fighting for your dollars. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle are you keeping your personal information safe?

Here at Doyle and Ogden we know how important identity protection is. That’s why we’ve come up with some tips to help your identity, accounts, and passwords stay safe this holiday season and beyond.

Shop from trustworthy stores and websites. If you have suspicious feeling about something, go with your instincts and don’t shop from that company. When you do shop from somewhere, make sure you keep a paper trail and/ or documentation on everything that you buy. If by chance your information is compromised you’ll want records of everything.

Using cash is the best way to protect your account information, but if you must use a card to pay then make sure your payment method is secured. Payment systems like PayPal are the best way to go about doing online transactions, because they offer buyer protection.

Another way from keeping your information safe is to not share passwords or account numbers with anyone. By keeping that information private, you will prevent anyone from using it without your permission.

It’s also important to be wary of emails asking for information. Spam emails should not be replied to, because it could be putting your computer and all of the information on it at risk. Keeping your computer’s protection systems up to date is another way to secure your information.

Be sure to ask one of our qualified agents about adding identity theft protection to your homeowners insurance to help help you safe. You can call 616-949-9000 to speak to an agent today. Keep these pointers in mind while you’re shopping and have a happy and safe holiday from Doyle and Ogden!