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Cyber Security - Avoiding Identity Theft
Release Date: July 23, 2014

Identity theft is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation.


Cyber Security - Avoiding Identity Theft

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It's a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve.

Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. There are four main ways to do it: know who you share information with; store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number; ask questions before deciding to share your personal information; and maintain appropriate security on your computers and other electronic devices.

For more information, see How to Keep Your Personal Information Secure from the Federal Trade Commission.


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