Identity Theft is when a person’s personal, non-public information is fraudulently obtained and used, usually for financial gain. Protecting your personal information can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. Keep your financial documents and records in a safe place, and keep your wallet or purse safeguarded when you are not at home. Shred receipts, credit offers and applications, insurance forms, and other types of documents that you no longer need. Keep your information secure online by being alert to imposters who may use phishing tactics, encrypting your data, keeping your passwords private, and limiting the information that you share about yourself on social networking sites.