9 ways to combat child identity theft

Ask about privacy protection
Ask about privacy protection | Pamela Joe McFarlane/Getty Images

Ask about privacy protection

"You just need to be an advocate for your child," says Opperman. Ask companies to provide details about how they store, protect and dispose of private information.

The answer can be very telling, says Weisman. "There are a lot of businesses, and particularly smaller businesses, that just don't put enough effort and funding into securing their data."

So when you ask, listen to how businesses respond. Dead air is a red flag; you don't want to do business with them.

An immediate response detailing the steps they've taken to protect privacy -- encrypted data, privacy training for employees, limits to information access -- is a good sign. This is an important step to take, says Weisman, adding that small businesses are the "low-hanging fruit" that hackers are targeting.

"You're only as safe as the weakest place that holds it," he says.

ADVISER SEARCH: Hit by a financial crisis? Find a financial adviser now.


Editorial Disclaimer: The editorial content is not provided or commissioned by the credit card issuers. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuers, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuers.

Show Bankrate's community sharing policy
          Connect with us
Product Rate Change Last week
Balance Transfer Cards 18.49%  1.50 16.99%
Cash Back Cards 17.01% --0.00 17.01%
Low Interest Cards 12.45%  0.63 11.82%

Credit Card Blog

Mike Cetera

What’s the most popular way to pay?

A new survey of 3,000 adults in the U.S. and Canada finds a higher percentage of people use cash weekly than credit or debit cards.  ... Read more

Connect with us