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It's easy to forget how vulnerable we all can be at times. Check out these day-to-day tips to keep yourself more aware and more in control of your own identity.

Make purchases with credit cards whenever possible.
Do not put your Social Security number on your checks.
Take outgoing mail directly to the post office instead of putting it in your mailbox.
Sign documents with a Uni-ball 207 pen.
Cancel unused credit cards which can negatively affect credit scores.
Do not give out personal information to unsolicited callers unless initiated by you.
Do not provide personal information on warranty cards.
Use a cross-cut shredder to shred documents.
Treat deposit slips with extreme caution-they are more valuable to criminals than a personal bank check.
Do not carry extra credit cards or other identification unless absolutely necessary.
Make copies of both sides of your credit cards and license.
Review your Social Security Earnings and Benefits statement, which is automatically sent 3 months before your birthday, to check for fraud.
Examine charges on your credit cards before paying them.
Make sure your security patches and antivirus software are updated regularly.
Secure Web sites start with https:// rather then just http://.
These are just a few tips that can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft. Although they may be a trade-off in convenience, the security they offer is worth the time.