Protect Yourself from Identity TheftWritten by Scott Hawksworth
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How To Protect Yourself
Now, all this identity theft seems mighty scary, but there are many ways to protect yourself. It is very important to get rid of all unnecessary documents. When throwing out bank statements, or anything with personal information on it, many people make use of paper shredders. This is a very good idea. Rarely give your credit card number out over phone unless you are positive that it is a trustworthy business, and even in that case, exercise caution. Finally, keeping track of wallets, purses, and any important documents is key to successfully defending yourself from identity theft.
If identity theft does occur, there are many steps you can take to make sure you are not harmed financially. Canceling a credit card is obvious choice. However, you can also put out a “Fraud Alert” on your credit card. This will allow you to review your credit card statements as much as you like. You can look for any strange purchases, or account openings, or anything out of ordinary. The two types of alert are “initial alert” (90 days) and “extended alert” (seven years). Other steps you can take are closing accounts that you believe have been tampered with. You can also notify police.
Identity Theft is a serious crime, with serious consequences. However, if you take precautions, and know what to do in event of identity theft, you will be safer. The key to protecting yourself is knowing what you’re up against.
Scott Hawksworth writes for Identity Theft Blog, a weblog reporting on identity theft prevention.
It's All Up to You (Nobody is Coming to Save You!)Written by Tony Davies
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Science shows us that there is a gap of approximately .25 seconds between stimulus and response. Before reacting to something, it is essential that we take that fraction of a second to stop and think about what we are seeing, how we are feeling and what an appropriate response would be. Then we are in a position to make a true choice by choosing our response. In almost all cases, chosen response is different from reactive response.
In this way we make choices that are congruent with our own values and principles and without a doubt, over time, results will be extraordinary! We begin to feel in control, good things begin to happen and we assume role of masters of our destiny. We feel better about ourselves and begin to manifest all of things that we truly want in our lives. It is at this point that we invoke Universal Law and all of our hopes and dreams become possible!
So stop playing victim and complaining about how difficult things are. Quit blaming others for everything that is wrong in life – bosses, parents, siblings and, yes, even lousy drivers among others, make easy targets - but they are not problem! Take charge of your feelings, responses and thinking and most of all take responsibility for your life. No one is coming to save you - only you can improve your lot in life and only through being responsible and making different choices!
Tony Davies is an expert in the areas of Personal Development and Leadership and in integrating these two, seemingly different disciplines. He has a solid business background as well as a passion, and gift, for personal development and helping others. To find out how Tony can assist you or your business, please visit his website at http://www.momentumbusiness.ca or call or e-mail him directly.