If it seems like you hear something new about the security risks associated with identity theft on a daily basis you are no alone.
"Identity theft begins when someone takes your personally identifiable information such as your name, social security number, date of birth, your mother's maiden name, and your address to use it, without your knowledge or permission, for their personal financial gain"(Utica.edu).
Most people are aware that their identities can be stolen at any time but are less than sure what they should be doing about it. Protecting your identity from becoming stolen is a proactive measure that you should be taking part of every day.
If you do not have existing destruction policies in place, consider but do not limit yourself to, shredding the following items.
It is important to securely destroy any information that could be used to gain access to confidential or financial information. The safest way to dispose of all of these items is to have them securely shredded or destroyed by experienced industry professionals.
Modern criminals are tech savvy and strategic in their thievery, some practices may include: