Using an identity theft protection service is the best way to protect your personal information from being misused, but there are many industry best practices you can put in place on your own for free–if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.
For added convenience and peace of mind, you can choose a third-party service to do the work for you. In most cases, a service provides more advanced identity theft protection than you can achieve on your own. For more information, read the complete description of the techniques you can start doing today.
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The key to doing effective identity theft protection on your own is to understand the complexity of the task, the knowledge needed to do it correctly and the amount of time you can put into it.
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Children’s identities are a gold mine. There is no credit history to get in the way and the child usually won’t access information for a very long time—so the likelihood of getting caught is low. Identity criminals can attach any name and birthdate to these Social Security numbers, and they can even sell them to other shady characters. Learn how to protect the identities of your children and family, as well as your personal business, property and finances at home.
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Computers and Technology
Learn how computers and technology can affect your identity for better or worse, as well as serve as a means to protect you from identity theft.
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- How to Avoid Identity Theft at Wi-Fi Hotspots
You’re not the only one watching your phone’s every waking move. Identity thieves want nothing more than to crack into your smartphone and steal everything hidden inside—your personal information, passwords and data. Learn about ways to protect yourself from someone accessing your phone data.
- Phone and Utilities Fraud
- Cellphone Security: What to Do to Keep Teens Safe
- Smartphone Data Theft
- Mobile Wallet
Your Money and Finances
From fraudulent charges, to stolen money, to an altered financial or criminal background, identity theft can have a serious cost to your wallet and name.
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- Bank Fraud
- Government Documents Fraud