Working as a traveling healthcare professional exposes you to new cities and new people. Which is absolutely great.

Until it’s not.

Everything good has a downside. One of the downsides of a career as a traveling healthcare professional is the fact that all the moving around exposes you to identify theft.

After all, you’re more than likely doing a lot of your travel prep work online, purchasing travel tickets, etc. In addition, you’re meeting new people and going to new places.

CreditReport.com, in fact, reports that a person is a victim of identity theft in the U.S. every 79 seconds!

Read below for tips on how to keep “you” safe from identity thieves.

  • Never – and we do mean never – throw your documents into the trash without shredding them first. Anything that has an account number, driver’s license number and, especially, a Social Security number should be shredded. In fact, it’s really wise to simply shred anything that has your name on it.
  • Watch carefully what you put in your wallet. Of course, you need to have a driver’s license and credit/debit cards in there, but consider placing your license and the credit cards in a separate small wallet. That way, if someone steals your wallet, there’s less chance that the thief could steal your identity..
  • Never carry your Social Security card with you. The only entity that needs to see it is your employer. So unless you get a new job every day, there’s no need to carry it with you. (And, by the way, while on assignment, you’re an employee of MedPro Healthcare Staffing, so your assignment HR team does not need to see your card.)
  • When dealing with online vendors, never place your credit card information, etc. on a page with a url that isn’t https. (note the “extra s” from the usual http). HTTPS means the site is secure. You also should look for a security seal such as VeriSign or ControlScan.
  • Be careful about giving your credit card number over your cell phone in public.
  • Check those bank and credit statements regularly to check for unusual activity. Online accounts make it very easy to check your accounts as often as daily, or at least weekly.
  • Naturally, you should have up-to-date spyware, malware and virus protection on your computer/laptop.
  • Instead of signing your name to the back of your credit/debit cards, write “See ID” instead. This helps prevent anyone who does take your cards from using them at a brick and mortar store because he or she will have to present an ID.
  • Many identity experts recommend that you change your passwords every three weeks. Never use family names, birthdates, pet names, etc. for passwords. The best kind of password is one with numbers, letters (lower and uppercase) and symbols. Use “codes.” For example, “I love my husband” could be “1lVH00bY!@” This makes it relatively easy for you to remember, but hard for thieves – as well as their hacking programs – to think of.

Are you interested in working as traveling OT, PT, nurse, speech therapist, or other allied healthcare professional (and you have at least one years’ experience doing so), then contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to hearing from you!