Looking Ahead: December is National Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month. With holiday shopping in full swing, it’s a good time to be reminded of some helpful tips to protect your identity especially while shopping online. Don’t use your mother’s maiden name, last four numbers of your social security number or birthdate as passwords. Only purchase from websites that are secure and encrypt your information. If you’re unsure of a vendor’s credibility, look at their customer reviews and call them to ensure their online ordering system is secure. Taking a few extra precautions will go a long way in protecting your identity.