There are a lot of powerful tools to help keep your identity safe. You can sign up for credit monitoring services that send you a notice anytime somebody pulls your credit or applies for credit with your name.
If you suspect you might become a victim of identity theft, you can contact the credit bureaus and have them put a 90 day freeze on your credit file. This means that a company will have to call you to verify that you are the one who applied for credit.
A locking mailbox is also a powerful tool to prevent identity thieves. No one solution can do everything for your, you need a combination of credit monitoring plus keeping your personal information safe.
In later posts, we will cover each of these topics in more detail.