Identity theft can cause massive destruction to your personal credit. As hackers and would-be thieves develop increasingly sophisticated ways to steal your personal data, identity theft is becoming more and more common. In 2011, one in every 25 Americans became victim to identity theft, resulting in an average loss of $631 plus 33 working hours. Identify theft caused a total loss of $1.52 billion in 2011 alone. The effects of identity theft are far-reaching; Not only do you lose money, but you’re forced to spend hours upon hours trying to reclaim your finances, your credit and your life. If you become the victim of identity theft, there are three steps you should take to remedy the problem: Change your passwords, contact your account holders and communicate with other agencies to report the theft. Ideally, you want to prevent identity theft before it ever happens. For tips on doing so and other stats about the growing problem of identity theft, check out the infographic below.
Also make sure to secure your home and office with a residential locksmith or commercial locksmith in your local area. You identity is important, but so is your home and office security!
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