Merging High Tech and Low Tech to Fight Identity Theft

You Need Multiple Measures to Fight Identity Theft

Most of us know that identity theft is a serious concern and many of us take measures to fight identity theft. For instance, you may have a firewall installed on your computer or you may be running an anti-spyware program. Maybe you’re checking your credit report once a year or shredding your personal documents before throwing them in the trash. If you are doing one of the above measures, you’re not doing enough.

Multiple Defensive Measures

Don’t get me wrong. All of the above identity theft prevention techniques work well, but they are not enough on their own. You can’t just check your credit report once a year and expect to prevent identity theft from occurring. You can’t just shred your personal documents and hope for the best. You need to combine high tech and low tech measures to keep yourself protected from identity theft.

High Tech Measures

If you are serious about fighting identity theft, there are three things you absolutely must have on your computer. And I don’t mean just one of these three things, I am saying you need all of them.

If you do not yet have a firewall, an antivirus program and an anti-spyware program, get whichever ones you are lacking installed as soon as possible. Only then can you be sure that the information on your computer is safe from identity theft criminals.

Low Tech Measures

The high-tech measures mentioned above are a great step towards fighting identity theft, but high-tech measures alone will not protect you. You also need to take each and every single one of these low-tech measures to ensure your identity theft protection.

First and foremost, get a cross-cut shredder if you don’t already have one and use that shredder to shred any sensitive documents before throwing them in the trash. This includes documents such as pre-approved credit card invitations, billing statements, etc.

Also make sure you order a copy of your credit report at least once a year. I personally recommend getting one every three months. Ordering a copy of your credit report will ensure that you know if someone has been using your good name to get credit.

Of course, practicing common-sense measures such as not leaving mail in your mailbox and not giving out your personal information frivolously are also low-tech measures that need to be incorporated into your identity theft prevention plan.

By combining these low tech and high tech measures, you’ll make great strides in preventing identity theft, and should identity theft occur, you’ll be able to catch it quickly.

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