Poll: How do you protect your off-line identity?
Do nothing special.
Cut up documents with scissors.
Use simple strip-cut shredder.
Use cross-cut shredder.
Use micro-cut shredder.
Use fire to burn documents.
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My wife just brought me today's mail. After opening the envelopes and scanning the contents, I fed them to my micro-cut shredder. While feeding the shredder I started to wonder what others on this forum do to protect their off-line identities. Thus this poll.


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04-16-2012 01:26 PM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
We also take our garbage straight to the dump where it is buried by end of that day. Not that I am concerned about identity theft. Most of my shredded paper (white) goes into mulch.

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04-16-2012 01:35 PM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
I use the cross-cut shredder which I have had for quite some time (after learning the necessity of frequent oiling of the cutters to extend life). I used to go through one at my office every year. If there is a pile of stuff to destroy, such as the occasional file cleaning spree, I deposit portions of the clippings in various trash bags, so there is no "total" in any one bag. I then use the normal trash pickup with a bag a pick-up until gone. And I don't think - knock on wood - that the NSA or any other alphabet agency is after me at the moment! :grin: Just because you are careful doesn't mean you are paranoid - does it??? Dont-know

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04-16-2012 05:12 PM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
If anyone steals my identity I want a cut of the profits Too-funny

I have a shredder but I dont use it. I have matches too but I dont use them. We have landfill too but I dont use it and I dont even rip up my mail. I guess I dont do much at all.

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04-16-2012 05:20 PM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
Micro cut shredder that I got on sale many years ago. From the shredder it goes to the compost bin.
04-17-2012 08:39 AM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
This horrible crime is becoming America's fastest growing crime! We really have to be aware of the Online Thieves. Its is also important to remind that Identity theft happens both online and offline. Don't let thieves take everything you own, including your good credit record! I've seen it happen and it's not pretty.
07-21-2012 12:37 AM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
I shred anything with a name or numbers on it, then I use the shredded paper to start the bar-b-que. On-line identities are even harder to protect. I purchased a piece of software recently and when I went to my paypal account later to check (as I always do) I found it had included an annual "subscription" fee. I cancelled the payment on that real fast! I won't do business with anyone who won't take paypal, I won't type any personal information into a site that does not begin with HTTPS AND is protected by a known company, I check my Paypal account after every transaction and I never respond to ANY email from paypal. If something needs responding to I type the paypal address into my browser myself.

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07-21-2012 09:16 AM
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RE: Identity Theft Prevention
Real emails from PayPal do not have links. Never ever click a link from "PayPal".

The thing is to look at the URL that appears when you hover the mouse over the link. Look for the first slash mark / and what name comes right before it. THAT's who the link goes to.

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07-21-2012 06:29 PM
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