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what can you do to minimize the chance of your identity getting stolen?
PREVENT access to your personal information Only carry credit and identification cards that you use, and do not carry your Social Security card. Lock personal information, sensitive documents, checkbooks, credit cards, etc. in a secure place. [ Whenever possible, protect your accounts (banking, utility, merchant, etc.) by adding difficult-to-deduce PINs and passwords to them. Secure PINs and passwords, even inside your home, and change them frequently. Replace paper invoices, statements and checks with electronic versions, if offered by your employer, bank, utility or merchant. Sign up
for automatic payroll deposits and e-mail or telephone alerts, which will warn you of any unusual account activity. When responding to e-mail from businesses with which you have an account, do not link to their Web site through the address provided in the e-mail. Go to the business site through your search engine and type in the URL. Never provide personal information over the phone unless you made the call or you are certain of whom you are talking to. Do not respond to automated phone messages or e-mail requesting you call a number to resolve an account issue. If you have a home computer, install and regularly update firewall, anti-spyware, anti-virus and browser security software. Secure your sensitive mobile data with a strong password or file protection software, whether it is stored in your laptop or a PDA device. If you receive a solicitation to pay an advance fee (i.e., for a prize, preapproved credit or loan), verify the identity of the organization through a legitimate source (such as the Better Business Bureau) before sending any payment. Shred all sensitive documents prior to disposal. Use a secure mailbox for incoming mail. ]
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