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The Legal Shred Monthly Blog Roundup: Tax Identity Theft, Choosing the Right Partner, and More!

The February blog roundup from the identity protection experts at Legal Shred

February may be the shortest month of the year, but identity theft and protection never slows down. Identity theft is a serious matter, and by taking proactive measures to protect your personal information, you can help prevent identity theft from happening to you. Here’s what you missed on the Legal Shred blog this month.

Did you miss Tax Identity Theft Awareness week?

The Federal Trade Commission kicked off its Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week earlier this month, which just so happened to coincide with the start of the IRS tax filing season.  This is a great time of year to make a plan to protect yourself as you file your personal or businesses taxes for 2017.  

There are safeguards you can put in place and measures you can take to protect yourself this year as you close out the 2017 tax year. Here’s what you need to know.

Safer Internet Day 2018

This year’s Safer Internet Day was recognized on Tuesday, February 6 and its purpose is to create a safer, better Internet for everyone who uses it, especially younger children. The increased use of social media means more opportunities to steal identities or perpetrate fraud online, and there are a number of ways criminals can use this platform to wreak havoc on users.

How are yours and your children’s social media habits and do you know how to keep yourself safe online? Here are some best practices for safer online engagement and what you can do to protect you and your family.

Online dating: not always a match made in heaven.

Online dating has changed the game for singles everywhere, but as with anything online, finding your one true match isn’t always roses and daisies.  Online love comes with its own set of challenges, and according to the FTC, online dating is also rife with scammers looking to take your money.

You can still look for a suitable partner online while keeping yourself safe. Here are some online dating tips and how to spot a scammer before you become a victim.

Speaking of matches…how do you choose a shredding partner?

Sometimes choosing a service provider for document destruction is sometimes as simple as asking a friend for a recommendation. Other times, you need to go through a formal selection process to find someone who matches with you, your budget, and your needs. Rather than line up all available options and pick only based on lowest price, consider some of the following indicators before you find “the one.

How do you choose the perfect partner? We have some tips for selecting the right document destruction specialist to work with you or your organization.

Routine shredding and how it can save you time.

Document destruction isn’t as simple as relying on an in-office shredder and doing the task yourself or leaving it up to an employee. In-office shredders come with a lot of risk;  you may expose sensitive personnel records and competitive information to individuals that are not meant to see it, or it isn’t capable of destroying the documents properly.

Routine shredding services can address this and other challenges for those who need to get rid of old documents. Here’s how.

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