Privacy and Security
The Internet is a wonderful place. But, while most of us are using the Internet for good, the less scrupulous among us have made it clear that if you’re not careful with your personal information, your privacy and security could be in jeopardy.
That’s why Nationwide Retirement Solutions® takes your online security so seriously. From encryption software and firewalls to passwords and safety certification, we’re working to ensure your time on the site is safe and secure.
Protecting your account information is the most important part of the Service Center. That is why it uses a thorough authentication process and strong encryption to ensure your visit is confidential.
- Different browsers indicate secure sessions differently. Check the help information in your browser for security.
- Information sent over the Internet during your visit is encrypted. The messages are changed by using security technology called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) so that only the intended recipient can read them.
- A thorough authentication process occurs when you use your username/SSN and Password to logon. You will choose them the first time you access the Service Center.
- For your own protection, never give your Password to anyone.
- Before leaving your computer unattended, be sure to log off the Service Center by clicking on Logoff or exiting your browser. To protect your account from unauthorized viewing, the Service Center will automatically disconnect your session if you do not actively use it for 15 minutes.
The security of your personal information is important to all of us. Identity theft is a problem that continues to grow. Each year the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) receives hundreds of thousands of identity theft reports, from all age groups and from all 50 States.
What is identity theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal information (for example: your name, address and social security number) to open credit card accounts, loans, etc., in your name without your permission.
How do identity thieves collect my personal information?
- Thieves collect your personal information in many ways. Here are a few:
- Stealing incoming or outgoing mail
- Finding old bills or statements while rummaging through trash
- Stealing computing equipment (laptops, personal computers, mobile devices, etc.) containing consumer information
- Contacting you directly through social engineering or through e-mail (phishing)
Where can I learn more about identity theft?
The following links provide you with more information about identity theft, how it occurs, and simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of identity theft: When you select one of these links you will be leaving our site and going to a web site that we neither own nor operate. Nationwide does not monitor, endorse or accept responsibility for the information on the web site.
- U.S. Department of Justice’s identity theft and identity fraud website
- Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website
- U.S. Postal Inspection Service
- U.S. Secret Service
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Don't Be An Online Victim
- Privacy Rights Clearing House
- National Consumers League
- Better Business Bureau
- ITAC - Identity Theft Assistance Center
What about my credit rating?
The following three main Credit Reporting Bureaus offer products and services designed to help you manage your credit rating as well as your risk of identity theft.
- Experian (formerly TRW)
- Trans Union
Remember the FACT Act amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act entitle you to one free credit report in a 12 month period. You can learn more about this by visiting http://www.annualcreditreport.com.