Dear Consumer Ed: I stayed at a hotel in Georgia that required that I provide them with my driver’s license and debit card. It made me feel uncomfortable because I’m concerned my information will be compromised. The manager said they will keep a copy of my license and debit card for three months and then shred them. Is that legal? If it is, it shouldn’t be.
Browse Questions: Identity Theft
Dear Consumer Ed: I just heard about a security hack that left my Social Security number out there. How can I protect myself?
Dear Consumer Ed: My husband passed away. What steps can I take to prevent someone from accessing his information and committing identity theft?
Dear Consumer Ed: My husband keeps clicking on every pop-up ad that comes up on the Internet. As a result, he has downloaded malware, which has slowed down the computer and created unwanted toolbars, coupon services and even an unwanted security software program. Short of barring him from the computer entirely, what is the best way to protect our computer from being hacked?
Dear Consumer Ed: I really want to protect my children from identity theft. At what age should I check to see if they have a credit report and whether it contains any suspicious information?