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Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft: Guarding Your Personal Information

In the 21st century, the most common type of crime in many countries around the world is identity theft or ID theft. Unfortunately, at the rate that identity theft crimes are being committed today, odds are that you will fall victim to one type of identity theft crime or another.

There are some steps that you can take when it comes to lowering your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft or ID theft. One step that you can take in regard to protecting yourself against identity theft or ID theft is guarding your financial information.

Take Care When You Throw Away

For many, many years people paid very little attention to what they threw into the trash and how they discarded documents and papers with personal and financial information contained thereon. Trash was trash and you simply never considered the prospect that someone actually might scrounge through your refuse to find information that would assist them in stealing from you, in assuming your identity.

In fact, a significant number of people responsible to identity theft further their crimes by digging through peoplesí trash, by dumpster diving. Because people are so casual (indeed, really careless) about the manner in which they dispose of documents that contain personal or financial information, a trashcan or dumpster can be a true treasure trove for a person intent on committing identity theft.

With this in mind, you should consider investing in an inexpensive paper shredder. With a low cost paper shredder, you can rest easy knowing that the documents that end up in your trash will be in a condition that they will be of no use to a person intent on identity theft.




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Donít Give Out Personal or Financial Information on the Internet or Over the Phone

If someone makes contact with you by email or over the phone, do not provide that person with any personal or financial information. Your bank, your credit card company and the government will never contact you by email or by phone and ask you for personal or financial information. Even if there really are questions about or problems with one of your accounts, these institutions will not contact you in this manner and then ask you for personal or financial information.

Keep Your Pass Codes Secure

In this day and age people rely on pass codes and pass words to access a wide array of different accounts and services. In this regard, it is important to keep your pass codes and pass words secure and to yourself. Additionally, pick for your pass codes and pass words something that another person could not guess or predict. Finally, change your pass codes and pass words with regularity. By taking these particular steps, you will prevent a person intent on identity theft from accessing your accounts.


 

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