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How Little Bits of Data Threaten Your Identity

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by Sue Marquette Poremba (courtesy Technewsdaily)

Social Security numbers. Credit card numbers. Bank account numbers. Birth dates. Email passwords. Driver’s license numbers. Passport numbers.

Known collectively as personally identifiable information, or PII, these bits of data are what thieves look to steal when they want to take over someone’s identity or get access to bank accounts.

However, these pieces of information are just the tip of the PII iceberg. Anything that identifies you is considered personal information and can put you at risk of identity theft.

“Most people are good at safeguarding Social Security or driver’s license numbers,” said Adam Levin, chairman of Scottsdale, Ariz.’s, IDentity Theft 911 and Credit.com. “But you should also keep track of your voter’s registration card, military ID card and even your library card.”

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This entry was posted on June 7, 2013 by in SECURITY.

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