As we learned in Protect Your PII - The Beginning, identity theft can negatively impact your credit, finances, and family life. We will outline the steps you can take to protect your PII, but first we need to start with three fundamental concepts that are critical to success.
These concepts are:
1. Small changes over time
3. Know Yourself
Small Changes Over Time
First, let’s start with a good old fashioned analogy. No analogy could be better than one that refers to diet. Why diet you say? Because every time I say or think about PII, I think about pie. Today I’m really craving pumpkin pie again. With whipped cream. Lots of whipped cream. But enough of my cravings… let’s get back to PII.
To make successful lifestyle changes to improve overall health, your best strategy is to make small adjustments over time. Sure, it would be wonderful to all at once eat clean, do cardio five times a week, lift weights three times a week, get eight hours a sleep every night, and miraculously come out chiseled.
I can tell you right now, starting all of the above at the same time, for an average person, is setting a course to failure. Permanent lifestyle changes are best executed in small stages, giving them time to become engrained in your day-to-day. The same is true for protecting your PII.
As you implement strategies within the Protect Your PII blog series, it’s important to take them one step at a time and execute to success. You don’t need to strive for perfection; Strive for small successful steps.
For example, a future topic will be simple document shredding. Once you have a cross-cut shredder and you make PII shredding a habit, you will be ready to successfully implement another step in protecting your PII. Continuing with this example, you can move on to monitoring your credit report, then another task after that.
Each successful small change over time will improve the protection of your PII and help reduce the risk of identity theft.
Stay tuned for the second of three fundamental concepts, Protect your PII – the Law of Low Hanging Fruit.
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