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Keep your identity safe by raising your awareness of the risks of identity theft and practicing discretion with your personal information. This includes social media as well as common businesses—banks, stores, online vendors, your gym, etc.

In the U.S. alone, 16.7 million people become victims of identity theft annually.

Protect your personal information and try to be selective about the types of businesses you provide sensitive information to. For example, if you are joining a new gym, is there really a reason to give them your personal identifying number (PIN)? If in doubt, ask why they want it and then decide.

You can also monitor for suspicious activity in a number of different ways. Before you jump to call the number on that LifeLock radio commercial, however, check out this Identity Theft Protection Services article from the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information’s site.