How to Protect Your Identity
We recently featured a slide show on Kiplinger.com with six steps to help you protect your identity. All the tips are great, but I wanted to provide you with more from a story I wrote several years ago -- all are still relevant today.
- Women, don't hang your purse on the back of a chair in a public place.
- Men, do put a rubber band around your wallet -- the friction makes it more difficult to pull from a pocket.
- Do sign your credit cards. Messages such as "See photo ID" don't work because it's easier for thieves to come up with a fake ID with your name on it than it is to forge your signature.
- Do check your credit record at least annually to check for bogus entries or errors. You are entitled to a free report from each of the three credit bureaus once a year through AnnualCreditReport.com.