Since you can control the information you choose to release, you are the best person to protect your personal information. There are some easy ways do this by keeping anything with any personal or account information in a safe place, providing your information only to trusted sources, and by reducing the amount of mail you receive with your information on it.
It is okay to be skeptical when providing your personal information. If you can't verify the legitimacy of the business or person that you may be providing your information to, or if you do not understand why a certain piece of information is needed, you may want to think twice about giving out the information. More Information
You do not have to be an expert in computers to protect yourself on the Internet from online fraud and identity theft.
You should install anti-spyware, anti-virus, and a personal firewall on your computer. There are many of these products available that will help you prevent criminals from gaining access to your computer and stealing your personal information. Some are even available free of charge. A properly protected computer will provide you with secure access to your online information and combat the efforts of criminals trying to gain access to your accounts.
Understanding what online threats exist is always helpful too, but there are other steps that you can easily take to further reduce your fraud and identity theft risk while online. More Information