Secure your Social Security number (SSN). Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Only give out your SSN when necessary.
Don't share personal information (birthdate, Social Security number, or bank account number) because someone asks for it.
Collect mail every day. Place a hold on your mail when you are away from home for several days.
Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
Review your credit card and bank account statements. Compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired credit cards. This can prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information.
Store personal information in a safe place.
Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
Create complex passwords that identity thieves cannot guess. Change your passwords if a company that you do business with has a breach of its databases
Review your credit reports once a year. Be certain that they don't include accounts that you have not opened. You can order it for free from Annualcreditreport.com.
Freeze your credit files with Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion for free. Credit freezes prevent someone from applying for and getting approval for a credit account or utility services in your name.
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