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Question Answer
Do you have more personal information in your wallet than you need? If Yes - Only carry with you the information you intend to use. For example, if using your birth certificate or passport to identify yourself, remove these items from your wallet or handbag when you no longer need them and store them in a secure place.
 
If No - You’ve taken a positive step to protect your personal information. It’s important that those items which contain personal information, for example, passport or birth certificate, are stored in a secure place.
When you pay a bill do you ever lose sight of your credit card? If Yes - Don't give anyone the opportunity to 'skim' your credit card. You should treat your card like it is cash and make sure you never lose sight of it. If possible, don’t give your card to a waiter or shop assistant and let it out of your sight, instead go with them to the counter or cash register.

If No - That’s good because it is important that you treat your card like it’s cash. By taking this step you are reducing the risk of your credit card being skimmed.
Do you lock your letterbox? If Yes - It might not be a place you consider needs safekeeping, but on any given day the contents of your letterbox could contain valuable information about you.

If No - You may want to consider locking your letterbox because on any given day the contents of your letterbox could contain valuable information about you.
Is there anything in your car glove box that could identify you? If Yes - If your car is stolen, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is someone is using your registration papers, driver licences, etc. to impersonate you. Store important papers containing personal identity information in a secure place at home.

If No - That’s good because if your car is stolen, there won’t be any personal information such as registration papers in your glove box which criminals could use to impersonate you.
Do you put sensitive papers in your household garbage bin? If Yes - Before disposing of personal information, tear up or shred any documents that could assist an identity thief. Home shredders can be used to deal safely with any personal documentation before you throw it away.

If No - Good, you have taken a positive step so that criminals do not have an opportunity to steal personal information from your garbage. Home shredders can be used to deal safely with any personal documentation before you throw it away.
Do you buy goods or services on the Internet? If Yes - Check the top menu bar of the site that you are accessing. The site’s url should start with “https://”. Also look for a full statement on the business’ privacy policy.
 
If No - OK but if you do decide to buy online at some time in the future, check the top menu bar of the site that you are accessing. The site’s url should start with “https://”. Also look for a full statement on the business’ privacy policy.
Do you have security software installed on your PC and update it regularly? If Yes - Having security software installed on your PC is one of the most effective precautions you can take to safely browse the Internet.

If No - If you are accessing the Internet, having security software installed on your PC is one of the most effective precautions you can take to safely browse the Internet. Just as you would lock your front door before leaving, its important to install and keep up to date your firewall and anti-virus software.
If you receive an email with an attachment, do you ever open the attachment if you are unsure who sent it to you? If Yes - Attachments can contain Trojans or viruses, which can be used to steal your personal information. It’s advisable to delete from your ‘In Box’ and then delete from ‘Deleted Items’.

If No - That’s an advisable precaution because attachments can contain Trojans or viruses, which can be used to steal your personal information.

Further information

If after taking the quiz, you would like to read more on some specific areas, the following fact sheets could provide some pointers.

Fact sheets What it tells you
Practical prevention tips A checklist of ways you can make your personal information more secure.
Protecting yourself online More tips to help you develop secure Internet practices.
Checking your credit file Find out what’s in your credit file and how you can use it to monitor if your identity is being misused.

How to get a copy of a fact sheet

You can either:

  • Download a PDF version of the fact sheets, especially designed for easy printing; or
  • Read it online using the links above; or
  • If you would like to obtain a free copy of the printed fact sheet please contact the ABA:
    • E-mail: send your e-mail to reception@bankers.asn.au (don’t forget to include your full name and mailing address)
    • Telephone: 1800 009 180 (freecall)
    • Post: write to us at Australian Bankers’ Association, Level 3, 56 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

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