How can I protect myself from identity theft?

-Destroy or shred documents that include personal information before disposing of them
-Password-protect your computer and other devices, and use anti-virus software change passwords often
-Use caution when sharing account numbers and personal information online or over the phone
-Beware of phishing phone calls or emails where criminals ask you to provide your information to them – they can pose as banks, retail businesses or even people you know like family members, friends or coworkers
-Monitor your credit card accounts and bank statements
-Always clear your personal information before donating or selling computers and other devices
-Obtain your free annual credit report and review it for accuracy

Sherry Ellis