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INFOGRAPHIC: Spring Clean to Fight Identity Theft

Mar 19

It’s that time of year again – Spring cleaning season. And while ridding your house of piled up junk might feel liberating, be sure you’re not giving identity thieves a paper trail to your personal information.

While data breaches and cyber-security hacks contribute to their fair share of identity theft cases, crooks can still retrieve what they need to compromise your financial safety with the contents in a tossed box of old receipts, statements and records.

So what do you shred and what do you keep? We cover how to properly dispose of unwanted paperwork and what personal documents are worth storing under lock and key in this helpful infographic.

Looking for more ways to protect your personal information from being compromised? Check out this infographic that gives useful tips for protecting your identity online and offline.

Remember, regularly checking your credit reports for suspicious activity is one of the best ways to detect identity theft. One of the best ways to recover from the damages of identity theft is to act quickly and contact the credit bureau right away.

This article is provided for general guidance and information. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit decisions.

Published by permission from, Inc., an Experian company.   © 2014, Inc.  All rights reserved.

1 Comment Add your comment

  1. Naomi Broderick
    Apr 14 at 09:16

    Great infographic! Another tip you might want to keep in mind is to remove the Ram drive of your computer before recycling or throwing it out. Tech savvy individual know how to locate deleted files from your computer.


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