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Prevention: 10 Easy Steps
Use the following prevention tips to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen:
  • Shred financial documents and paperwork with personal information before you discard them.
  • Protect your Social Security number. Give it out only if absolutely necessary or ask to use another identifier.
  • Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you know who you are dealing with.
  • Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your home computer; keep them up-to-date. Visit OnGuardOnline.gov for more information.
  • Don’t use an obvious password.
  • Keep your personal information in a secure place at home. Do not keep this information in your vehicle.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles.
  • Review your credit reports with the three major bureaus annually. You may request a free credit report online here.
  • Minimize the amount of personal information that is in your wallet.
  • Be alert and educated.