5 Simple Tips to Protect Your Identity #identityprotection In light of all the credit card breaches and the number of identity theft cases within the last year, protecting your identity cannot be overlooked and forgotten any longer. Keeping yourself safe from having your information stolen is not difficult; here’s a few suggestions given by the Federal Trade Commission and a few other tips on how to keep your personal information safe! Shred any credit offers or applications, insurance forms, checks, bank statements, and any other document that shows your private information that you do not need anymore. When on the go, only carry the identification and cards you will need. When online, be on the lookout for impersonators. Don’t give out your personal information to anyone unless you’ve started the contacting so you know who you’re working with. Keep passwords private! A simple tip that surprisingly a lot of people don’t follow. Don’t disclose your passwords with anyone. Check your statements diligently! This is the fastest way to catch any unauthorized transactions in any of your accounts. Keeping your information safe doesn’t have to be a hassle. These tips are precautions you should be taking every day to help thwart off any person trying to steal your information and ruin your credit. If you haven’t checked out your credit lately, make sure to visit our Credit Reports page to help you find the best way to check and monitor your credit score.