Myth vs. Fact: Identity theft

Myth: Identity theft
usually happens on the Internet.

Fact: Online methods accounted for only 11%
of identity theft in 2009.

Most identity theft happens
offline. According to a 2009 study by Javelin Strategy and Research, stolen
wallets and paperwork account for almost half (43%) of all identity theft.

Steps you can take to
help prevent identity theft include:

  • Keep
    sensitive paperwork in a locked storage device and never put checks in an
    unlocked mailbox.

  • Shred
    sensitive paperwork when you no longer need it.

  • Never
    leave your wallet, purse, mobile phone, or laptop unattended.

You can increase your
identity protection online with these steps:

Stay tuned to this
blog for more security myths debunked.



About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »