4 Simple Steps to Help You Minimize the Risk of Identity Theft

Article Posted by Expert Author: Emma Prior  on 04/08/2013

Having your identity stolen or your credit or bank accounts compromised can be devastating, but these 4 simple steps will help you stay protected.


  1. Many thieves work by going through trash or recycling bins and stealing documents with identifying information. Avoid this issue by shredding documents before throwing them away or recycling them.

  2. Thieves many also check your outgoing mailbox for credit card applications or other correspondence that may have your personal information on it. Prevent this issue by taking sensitive mail directly to the post office to be sent.

  3. Set up complicated passwords and don't use the same password for all your accounts. When possible, use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols – and use both upper and lower case letters.

  4. Don't carry sensitive information in your wallet or purse. This includes bank statements, social security cards, and other identifying documents.


These are simple tips that can save you from the headache of having your identity stolen. Learn more about identity theft prevention at the goverment's secure site.


While you may not associate home security systems with identity theft prevention, in reality the two can go hand in hand.  By employing the use of driveway and window alarms, you can keep your important documentation away from the people who want to use it for illegal gain.  It's important to consider how the thief thinks when you are seeking to protect yourself and your family.

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