One of the fastest growing crimes in the world is identity theft. The premise is that if a thief can get ahold of your critical information such as your social security number, your credit cards, or your bank account information and any related logins, they can have a field day spending your money for a short time. It is very difficult to catch these criminals, because they strike before you know you have been compromised. So how can you protect yourself? When shopping online, make sure you only submit your personal information to a trusted and secure website. And don’t forget good anti-virus protection for your computer. Destroy any paper documents that are no longer needed that have your personal data on them, and NEVER give information over the phone to someone who has called you.