Guide To ID Theft Prevention

Sometimes ID theft seems like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but what can you do about it? This online guide covers on the dangers, how thieves get your info, and how to protect yourself

While much of the information is covered elsewhere, the table of personal information and the relative danger of passing out each piece seems apt.

It of course is missing “Birthday Candle Wish – Very High.”

The Ultimate Guide to Identity Theft Prevention [Your Credit Advisor]

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  1. homerjay says:

    I’d like to hear what people think about credit monitoring services. They seem expensive ($12 – $15/month). Do they do anything substantial?

  2. AmyCU says:

    In addition to Advisor’s excellent list on ways to safeguard your personal information, consider placing a security freeze on your consumer credit reporting files to make it hard for thieves and scammers to use your information to open new accounts, like new credit cards in your name.

    A security freeze is a powerful identity theft prevention tool for individuals. It enables consumers to take a step that will stop the opening of false new accounts which require a credit check unless the consumer has expressly authorized a potential creditor to check the consumer’s credit report or credit score. Without a credit report or credit score a business usually will not open a new account. As of today, 34 states and the District of Columbia have enacted security freeze laws. Check Consumer Union’s list to see if your state is one of them and on how to place a security freeze.
    http://www.consumersunion.org/campaigns/financialprivacyno

    Amy
    http://www.financialprivacynow.org
    A Project of Consumers Union