Bank statements, personal bills, blank checks, tax records, insurance information -- even medical records. They're all documents you should be shredding on a regular basis.
Even in our digital world, shredding your important documents is still one of the best ways to protect yourself from thieves trying to steal your identity.
Recent government statistics show that more than 8 million households fell victim to identity theft in 2010 -- and it cost them $13.3 billion in direct financial losses.
If a thief finds just one vital piece of information about you -- like your social security number or your bank account number -- they can use it apply for credit cards, loans, cell phones, and to buy just about anything.
So, protect yourself. By law, businesses have to properly dispose of their consumer's information.
But, in today's digital world, shredding should be just part of your protection plan.
Credit.com and MSN Money report that stealing documents out of your trash is a declining crime -- and protecting yourself online is growing necessity.
That means you need to monitor your bank statements, use secure wireless networks at home and on your phone, and install security software on your computer.
You can also go paperless for lots of your financial documents now, so you won't have very many paper documents to shred.
But, any documents that do come in the mail that contain any personal or financial information about you, need to be shredded. It could save you a lot, in the long run.
Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
RIGHT NOW: Top Stories
Sgt. Jason Cullum of the Evansville Police Department in Indiana was going about his day in his cruiser when he spied an object in the middle of the road.
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on Thursday announced it successfully launched a drone from a submerged submarine.
Five adults and one teenager are being treated at a Pachuca, Mexico, hospital for possible radiation poisoning, state news reported Friday.
Authorities searched a Tempe middle school Friday morning after receiving a report that a student had allegedly brought a gun to school, Tempe police said.
The nation's first full face transplant patients are growing into their new appearances -- literally.
Still very cold across much of the state; find out how long the frigid air will stick around and how long before our next rain and snow chances return.