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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 1, 2015

Over the past few decades, we have seen unprecedented changes in technology that have changed the way we interact with the world. On the darker side of those changes, new types of crimes have come into existence, and one of the most widespread and devastating crimes is identity theft. Striking millions of victims every year, identity thieves’ methods are evolving as quickly as technology does. Here are some ways you can protect yourself.

Shred sensitive documents. Buy a cross-cut shredder and make sure you shred any documents containing personal information before taking them out to the dumpster.

Password protect. Many services, such as Gmail and iCloud offer extra protective measures to ensure that you’re the person you say you are. It’s important to password protect all email accounts and devices, and use unique and complicated passwords for all of your online accounts.

Choose your network wisely. Make sure you only do your online banking and shopping at home. Using a Wi-Fi network when you’re out and about in the Phoenix area gives would be hackers another way to get into your system. When you set up your home network, make sure you encrypt and password-protect your Wi-Fi.

Monitor your information. It’s important to review your accounts and credit reports every now and then to look for errors or suspicious activity that could be a sign of identity theft. In some cases, people don’t even know they’ve had their identity stolen until they’re getting calls from a collection agency.

Arizona has several laws pertaining to identity theft. It’s not legal to purchase, create, record, take, possess or use anyone else’s personal information without their consent for any unlawful purpose. This includes knowingly hiring an employee who is using someone else’s personal information. If you think you might have been a target for identity theft, go to www.identitytheft.gov or contact a Maricopa County Lawyer to find out what you can do.