– You should use a bit of prevention and much of it can be stopped. Purchase a shredder for your home or business. Old bank and credit card statements should be shredded and not thrown out.
-Challenge anyone who asks you for your address, date of birth, password or social security number. You find out why they need it.
-Contacted by email from your bank or software vendor? Just know that they will never ask you for your password. Better yet, call the bank in response to such an email and talk to someone at the branch.
-Review your credit card statements every month. Make sure the charges are yours.
-Do not use public wifi (including airports and hotels) to transmit confidential information unless you are using a VPN.