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Shred documents while at home
Banking statements and utility bills all display personal, sensitive information that give "dumpster divers" dollar signs in their eyes. People are not below wading through your garbage in order to get their hands on this data, which can then be used to fake your identity, steal it, or potentially access your accounts.
In addition, pre-approved credit card offers could be used by thieves for applying for credit at a different address -- potentially wrecking your credit score and leaving you with the bill further down the line.
The solution? Invest in a shredder.
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Do not share your passwords or leave them lying around
It might seem simple enough, but do not share passwords for your online bank accounts, payment systems, social media accounts or email inboxes with anyone. Furthermore, writing down passwords can also lead to a breach of privacy.
Keep an eye on your credit score
If your identity has been stolen or financial details sold on, whether through a fault of your own or if you were a customer of a firm that fell prey to a cyberattack -- such as Target -- your credit score is likely to be affected. Signing up for a 30 day free trial on occasion or maintaining a subscription so you are alerted when changes take place will help you act quickly if something goes wrong.