There are a few steps you can take to prevent identity theft:
- Check your credit report for suspicious activity every few months
- Be careful with your personal information and make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands
- Alternatively, you could try freezing your credit, which means that credit bureaus will not give your information to anyone until you give them permission to do so. This is the best way to prevent identity theft, but the downside is that you'll have to request for the freeze to be temporarily lifted every time you apply for a line of credit.
Whichever steps you choose to follow, you should always monitor your credit score for any changes. You can do that for free, right here on WalletHub: /free-credit-score
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