The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million U.S. residents have their identities stolen every year. Here are 3 tips to protect your identity:
1) Check you credit frequently. You are entitled to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide credit bureaus every year at www.annualcreditreport.com. You can access your credit score for free at anytime at Credit Karma.
2) Shred documents with personal information, including pre-approved credit card applications and bank statements.
3) Protect your social security number. Keep your social security card in a safe place, not in your wallet. Only give out your social security number when absolutely necessary.