30 Mar How to keep your information secure
- Don’t disclose personal information such as passwords and PINs when asked to do so by anyone via telephone, fax or even email.
- When destroying personal information, either shred or burn it.
- Don’t carry unnecessary personal information in your wallet or purse.
- Store personal and financial documentation safely. Always lock it away (e.g., passports).
- Don’t write down PINs and passwords and avoid obvious choices like birth dates and first names.
- Don’t use Internet Cafes or unsecured WiFi (hotels, conference centres etc.) to do your banking
- Use strong passwords for all your accounts
- Change your passwords regularly and never share them with anyone else.
- Verify all requests for personal information and only provide these when there is a legitimate reason to do so.
- Make sure a website is encrypted before you use it for a financial transaction. Typically, you’ll see a picture of a lock in the URL field, and the URL will contain “HTTPS,” meaning it’s secure.
- Teach your children about safe internet behaviours — including how to spot potential scams and phishing attempts.
- Alert the SA Fraud Prevention Service immediately on 0860 101 248 or at safps.org.za.
- If your ID documents are lost or stolen – register for credit and identity theft monitoring and obtain a case number from SAPS.