There are so many great holidays approaching: my second-favorite, Halloween, is right around the corner, followed one month later by my very favorite, Turkey-Coma-Day! We’re preparing to mask our identities by dressing as ghosts, ghouls, and slutty versions of beloved childhood characters, but we need to remember how important it is to protect our true identities from the things that really go bump in the night.
Thankfully, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Council of Better Business Bureaus have teamed up to bring us National Protect Your Identity Week. Securing your identity against theft isn’t difficult, but we don’t all take the necessary steps to do so. We put things off, we think “that’ll never happen to me…” But last year it did happen to 10 million Americans, so you’re just gonna have to get off your butt and protect yourself!
No worries though, www.ProtectYourIDNow.org and Poorer Than You have you covered. On that site, you can take a quiz to assess your risk of identity theft, and learn some helpful tips to keep your identity safe. And starting tomorrow, I’ll be bringing giving you daily assignments for how you can protect your identity this week and year ‘round!
College students: pay particular attention to the tips available on the College Students and Identity Theft page.