Identity Theft - 6 Easy Steps To Reduce Risk Of Identity Theft

It's next to impossible to avoid the theft of your identity if you are seriously targeted, however, there are six easy steps you can take to reduce your risk. Listed here are the: six.

1) Check Your Driving Record:

Besides protecting your identity, it's a good idea to check your driving record from time to time to see if there are any mistakes. You want to make sure there is nothing there that shouldn't be. If there is, it could mean someone has copied your drivers license. Insurance companies regularly go over your record, and if there is a mark against you, it could mean higher rates, along with the identity theft.

2) When You Get A New Computer, Delete Or Remove All Your Personal

Information From The Old Computer:

You can use a "wipe" program or drill a few holes in your hard drive.

3) Limit The Information On Your Checks:

Don't use your full name. Instead, use your initials. For example, if Your name was Robert Craig James, use R. C. James. Never put your Social Security # on your checks even if it is requested. Your checks pass through many hands, so make sure you have printed as little information as possible on them.

4) Secure Your Mailbox:

Identity Thief's target mailboxes, as it contains lots of personal information. If you don't have one get a new mailbox that can only be accessed with a key.

5) Watch What You Put In Your Trash:

Shred or tear up anything that has personal information on it that will be Going into your trash can. Identity Thieves can and will gather personal information from your trash can. Some junk mail contains personal information, so, make sure you shed it or tear it up. Better to be safe than sorry.

6) Get An Identity Theft Protection Program:

For a nominal monthly fee, you can hire the services of one of the Identity Theft Protection Companies out there such as Identity Theft Shield from Prepaid Legal or lifelock. These companies will monitor your credit, and aid you should you ever become a victim of identity theft.

These are simple steps you should take to help avoid identity theft

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