Stop Identity Theft Reading articles on identity theft may not sound appealing to you, but if you think that you are not subject to becoming the next target then you are fooling your self and setting your self up as an easy mark for perpetrators. The statistics on identity theft increase year with the figures rising over millions. The amount of money it takes to fight identity theft, the crime of identity theft, and the restitution caused from identity theft is reaching above the billions. Therefore, if you think reading information pertaining to identity theft is a waste of time, then you are only setting your self up possibly to become the next victim of identity theft. It is important to guard your personal information with every precaution to prevent identity theft. Identity theft is the process of becoming a victim for life. Do not let anyone fool you; once someone gains control of your identity, you will be fighting to restore your life permanently. Even if you are the luck one and restore your life sooner than others do, you will suffering, lingering memories and threats against your emotions for the rest of your life. When a person becomes a victim of identity theft the person loses self-confidence, hope, respect, and the emotions are often shambled worrying what will happen next. If you have become a victim of identity theft, you may want to seek counseling since few are going to understand your feelings unless they are a victim of the same crime. Identity theft is one of the most appalling crimes ever committed, since when a person is robbed of their identity they often feel raped, robbed, stripped in public, and the list continues. The feelings are often overwhelming and it is difficult to get back on track. Thus, to prevent identity theft you must learn to read and listen to the authors that let you know how to protect your self against the crime. The steps to protect your self should include protecting your identity with your life. When you go to drug stores, department stores, gas stations, or grocery stores make sure when you use your credit cards without anyone seeing you type in the PIN. This should include using your cards at the ATMs, since a person, observing can gain hold of you PIN number and use it to their advantage. You should never give your Passwords to your emails, banking accounts, credit cards, or any source that provides Password capability. It is wise to change your passwords every six months or sooner to protect your identity. At home, you should always place your information in a safe place where only you can find the information when needed. At the drive-thru areas, such as pharmacies or banks do not give your social security number or birth date out loudly, rather ask the cashier to provide you a form to write the information. To protect your self from identity theft, never allow anyone to use your credit cards, social security car, driver license or other valuable information. For women it wise to carry a purse and wallet rather than placing your identity in your pant pockets. Men should never put their information in their pant pockets either, rather they should carry a wallet to prevent lose. Make sure you know where your purse or wallet is at all times and never lie them around the house, in the car or anywhere were others can gain hold of your valuables. Online, you should take all precautions including conducting a background check on the site that you intend to make a purchase or provide your personal information. To do a background check you can type in background reviews on the company or else visit the Better Business Bureau (BBB) online and type in the company or site name. Once you find out the background of the site, make sure the lock and key is at the bottom of the screen backed with an‘s’ in the search engine where the http information rests. After you finish with the site, destroy all traces of visitation to the site by going to the Internet Options and deleting your Cookies, Files and Clearing the History.