And he's telling all of us how to protect our own information.
First, consider a credit freeze.
It's something we've advised before.
You go through the credit bureaus, Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, and NCTUE.
There is no cost for it and it keeps anyone from using your credit.
That includes you.
So if you need access, for loans etc, you would lift the freeze and then put it back after.
Litt says you can ask the creditor which bureau they use and just lift the freeze on that one.
Other safety protections:
-file your taxes early so thieves can't get your refund first.
-start a "My Social Security" account so scammers can't direct deposits to their accounts.
-go to www.annualcreditreport.com and check your reports for free looking for anything you don't recognize.