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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Identity Theft Risk Among Temporary Workers

While you may have a level of camaraderie with your coworkers in your office that makes them more like good friends or family members than business associates, every office has at least one or two individuals who are either only temporary or part-time.

According to studies from the Huffington Post and NBC News, identity theft in the workplace is usually an inside job committed by employees who have access to a lot of their coworkers’ personal identification information. And while individuals who have established themselves in a workplace setting are less likely to risk their reputation among their peers and bosses by attempting id theft, that temp or former employee has much less to lose if people think that they have committed such a crime.

There are several steps you can take to protect your identity in the event that someone in the office may be looking to steal it. For starters, make sure that everything on your computer is password protected, from your log-in screen to your personal files. Do the same with all of your internet accounts, choosing passwords that are unpredictable and therefore hard to crack.

Your best bet is to avoid keeping any personal information on your computer at all. This way, even if a coworker is able to access the info on your computer, there will be nothing there for them to steal from you, therefore leaving them unable to damage your credit score.

While you don’t want to go to extremes and damage working relationships out of fear of identity theft, you still need to take precautions to make your office as safe as possible.