As of Sept. 20, 2016, the Identity Theft Resource Center had recorded 687 data breaches for the year, in which 28.8 million consumer records were compromised.
That was before news of the Yahoo data breach surfaced. Add 500 million more records to that list.
American consumers’ data has been exposed with such frequency that about 1 in 6 adults say they or someone they know is a victim of identity theft, according to Bankrate’s latest Money Pulse survey.
You aren’t in total control when it comes to your data, but there are things you can do to protect yourself. Start by avoiding these 6 bad habits.
“It’s definitely worth being worried about protecting yourself,” says Tim Erlin, director of IT security and risk strategy at Tripwire, a cyber-security firm. “As a consumer, you can’t be worried necessarily which company will be compromised next.”
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Tossing sensitive documents into the trash
71% of Americans say they regularly shred unnecessary documents containing regular information, our survey found.
But that means more than one-quarter simply toss into the garbage bank statements, credit card bills and other documents that may contain data an ID thief could use.
Buy a shredder and keep prying eyes away from your paper documents.