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A good rule of thumb is to never click on links that are in emails from people you don't know or people who say they are from some government agency. Your Uncle Sam usually sends its correspondence by snail mail. Also, don't provide your Social Security number or other critical information to people you don’t know who called you. When you browse the Web, it's better to type addresses into address lines rather than using links found through search engines.
Watch your doors and drawers
Be sure to keep your doors and drawers secure. Your information can’t be stolen by an identity theft that can’t access it. Make it a point to keep your computer, bank and credit card bills, Social Security cards, birth certificates and any other vital documents that have your personal information in locked drawers or behind closed and locked doors. And this may seem harsh but you need to be careful about the people who have access to your home such as work crews, household employees and even members of your family.
Avoid those identity protection services
There are a number of companies that offer ID theft protection services. They normally charge anywhere from $12 to $20 a month – or even more. The fact is you really don't need one of these services because there is essentially nothing they can do for you that you can't do yourself. You can protect your identity by monitoring your credit reports on a regular basis and by following the simple tips provided here. Your credit cards most likely include theft protection – limiting your liability to $50. And your bank should automatically report any suspicious activity on your checking or savings account and if it won’t, find another bank.