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Ideas to Prevent Identity Theft

Apr 24, 2008
Identity theft is becoming a major problem but by being aware and taking some preventative measures, you may be able to avoid becoming a victim. There are numerous things that you can do to help prevent identity theft. The first is to check your credit reports annually.

This is a good idea for anyone to keep track of their credit rating but it could also produce the first warning sign that there is some fraudulent activity going on in someones name that they were not aware of. One free report is available to everyone each year and additional reports may be available for those who have been victim to identity theft.

Being aware of the bills that your name is on is crucial. You must keep all identification and personal information private as well. You should be aware of how any information may be used.

The solution to avoiding identity theft can also lie with certain measures such as shredding private documents before throwing them away and putting a stop to postal services when on vacation.

Make any account passwords difficult to guess and different for each account. You can make identity theft more challenging by changing passwords regularly and by using upper and lower case as well as letter and number combinations. Memorize your social security number rather that carrying it around with you and make sure it's provided to legitimate businesses only.

Help for Online Identity Theft

Online identity theft is becoming more and more common so it's important to explore solutions for this as well. It's important to protect yourself if you do online transactions. Antivirus software should be installed and updated regularly and you need to let it run frequent checks. Do not download or use a link that has been sent to you unless it is from someone you know.

A firewall will protect your computer from people looking to steal your identity and a secure browser will protect any online transactions. These are some of the ideas to prevent identity theft online. Everyone needs to be aware of the different types and how they can keep their identity safe.
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