Assessment Test

1.  I check my credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union) annually to look for errors and evidence of identity theft.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
2.  I review bank and/or brokerage account statements when they arrive to reconcile the balance and to check for unusual transactions.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
3.  I save credit card receipts and check them against statements received from creditors. I do not leave them in shopping bags, where they can get lost or stolen.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
4.  I know the approximate billing cycle for all of my credit cards and utility bills (e.g., cell phone) and call creditors immediately if bills are not received within a week of the due date.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
5.  I use a crosscut shredder, fireplace, or woodstove to destroy pre-approved credit card offers, bank or brokerage statements, old pay stubs and tax records, credit card receipts, and other "sensitive" documents.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
6.  I destroy (shred or burn) everything that contains information of interest to identity thieves including utility bills (which could be used to obtain a credit report), personal correspondence (which could be used to corroborate my identity), cancelled checks, expired credit cards, etc.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
7.  I avoid giving out my Social Security number or bank account numbers to unsolicited callers or orally (e.g., in a store) where others may be listening.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
8.  I have a post office box or a locked mailbox for incoming mail (especially checks and bills).
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
9.  I place outgoing mail in a secured collection box along the road or at the post office--NOT in an unsecured home mailbox or rural route mailbox along the highway.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
10.  I have my mail held when I'm away or picked up by a trusted friend, neighbor, or family member.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
11.  I question how personal information will be used before revealing it to anyone and try to "just say no," where possible, or ask to use another type of identifier.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
12.  I am cautious about not leaving personal information lying around my home, especially if it would be accessible to a roommate, babysitter, cleaning service, home contractor, etc. who has access to my home when I am not there.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
13.  I avoid carrying my Social Security card in my wallet as well as any type of identification card with my Social Security number (or my spouse's social security number) on it. This includes college ID cards, military ID cards, employee ID cards, and health insurance/prescription drug ID cards. Instead, I carry copies of these cards with the SS number blacked out.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
14.  I avoid printing my driver's license or Social Security number on personal checks.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
15.  I limit the amount of personal information "out there" by not completing Internet "profiles" for rebates and contests and being cautious with online resume posting, electronic mailing lists, secured sites for online purchases, listings in Who's Who Guides, and other public data sources.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
16.  I limit the number of credit cards and other identification information that I routinely carry around in my wallet or purse and I do not routinely carry around my checkbook.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
17.  I am aware of who has access to my personal information at work and/or places I do business with (e.g. utility companies, medical providers) and have taken steps to question or limit unauthorized access, where needed.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
18.  I cross out my credit card number or bank account number with a magic marker on receipts for travel or other expenses that I submit to an employer, charitable or professional organization, or other entity for expense reimbursement or for documentation of any type (e.g., tax preparation, product rebates).
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
19.  I am careful about completing postcards (e.g., for product warranties, contests, etc.) and place them in envelopes if they contain sensitive information.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this
20.  I practice "general security consciousness" by not leaving my wallet or purse unattended, even for a few minutes (e.g., at dances or on supermarket carts), zipping my purse shut, buttoning my back wallet pocket, and putting house lights on timers when I'm away. Also, using secure door locks, leaving questionable "sensitive" information spaces blank on applications, storing important papers (e.g., car title) in a safe deposit box, and keeping a list of credit card account numbers and contact information to report a loss quickly.
 I never do this
 I rarely (every once in a while) do this
 I do this about 50 percent of the time
 I usually (almost always) do this
 I always do this