How to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Protecting personal and confidential data in the information age can prove a challenging task.  So what can you do to safeguard private financial information or fight a case of identity theft?  Several websites offer good advice on the subject.  Here are a few:

Better Business Bureau:  covers the ins and outs of identity theft and how to protect against it.  Bbbonline.org/IDTheft/protect.asp

Federal Trade Commission:  Features a range of information about identity theft and how to fight back against it.  Ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idto4.shtm

National Consumers League:  Provides suggestions for guarding against identity theft.  Fraud.org/tips/internet/idtheftavoid.htm.

National Crime Prevention Council:  Spotlights how identity theft occurs and prevention tips.  Ncpc.org/topics/fraud-and-identity-theft/tips-to-prevent-identity-theft