How To Prevent Identity Theft

10 Tips By: Dylan Galpin and Robby Jones

1) Protect your credit

Check your credit report regularly to make sure there are no fraudulent credit cards opened in your name.

2) Shred it for Safety

Invest in a shredder. When disposing of sensitive materials, especially financial statements and pre–approved credit card offers, destroy them first.

3) Double check credit card statements

As soon as your statement arrives go over it, with a fine–tooth comb if necessary, to make sure you actually made all the purchases listed.

4) Protect your mail

pick up your mail as soon as possible. A box stuffed full of catalogs, letters and credit card statements can be awfully tempting to would–be thieves.

5) Be careful when sharing

 Don't give out personal information over the phone, mail or Internet unless you really know who you are dealing with.

6) Be smart about ATMs

Pay attention when using an ATM and keep your eyes peeled for anyone who seems a little too interested in your transactions.

7) Use a "real" password

You should use a "strong" random combination of letters, numbers and symbols for increased protection.

8) Protect your Social Security Number at all costs

When companies ask for your Social Security Number, ask why they need it and how they will safeguard it.

9) Keep your credit cards to a minimum

The fewer credit cards you have, the better. Only keep the ones you actually use or plan on using.

10) Secure your computer

Install a firewall and antivirus software. This will help prevent hackers from gaining illicit access to your computer.