27 Aug A Simple Tip To Protect Against Identity Theft
Identity theft is rampant in this country, and we’ve previously reporting on ways to reduce the risk of identity theft. But we’re always looking for an easier way to get things done.
Technology has made life in the 21st century a breeze in comparison to the lives our grandparents lived. The Internet has been the driving force behind much of this. It has revolutionized almost every aspect of life, from how people get their news to how they shop. Of course, every new marvel has a dark underbelly and the Internet is no different. With all those names, social security numbers, and credit card numbers floating around the web, it’s no wonder that identity theft has skyrocketed in recent years. This doesn’t mean you have to be another helpless victim, though.
Here’s one simple way to prevent identity theft from happening to you.
Empty your wallet. Yes, it can be that simple.
A lot of people carry a driver’s license, a social security card, multiple credit cards, a medical insurance card, and the list goes on. If you are one of these people and your wallet is lost or stolen, the thief now has access to all that information which he can pass on to others. Simply removing your social security card makes identity theft much more difficult. By reducing the amount of identifiable material you carry, you reduce the scope of damage the thief can do to your credit.
All those cards that are now free of your wallet should be locked away in a secure place, like a locking filing cabinet or a safe. You should also place anything else with your information on it in the same place. Burglars won’t just take your television and stereo, they could take your identity if you’re not careful. If you don’t need to keep something with your information on it, shred it. It’s best to use a cross-cut shredder.
Never just throw that stuff away. You never know who is going through your garbage.
While no one is ever completely safe from identity theft, a few simple steps can greatly reduce the chances of it happening to you.
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