Identity theft is becoming more and more common.  And if it does happen to you, it can cause so many problems that aren’t your fault but that you still have to deal with.  Plus, the fallout could last for years.  So take a few minutes to protect yourself.

Edit your wallet.

Don’t cram your wallet with charge cards. Take only what you need for the day, whether that’s a driver’s license, a checkbook, or a credit or debit card.

Protect your Social Security number and card.

Never carry your Social Security card in your wallet or put your number on your checks. Disclose it only when absolutely necessary, using other types of ID whenever possible.

Set up a PayPal account.

If you’re an avid online shopper, register your information with this secure third-party service and you won’t need to disclose it to other sites. Accepted by most of the biggest online retailers, such as and, PayPal also offers around-the-clock fraud monitoring.

Look into other easy ways to help thwart people from stealing your identity here.