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Are You Exposed? Your personal information is easier to get than you think

Whether you believe it or not, your personal information is at risk. Crisis experts say it's not if your information will be compromised, but when.

The question becomes is your personal information truly safe when you hand it over?

It all starts with your Social Security number. Any business can request your SSN, but that doesn't mean you have to hand it over. You can and should ask questions. Ask if they'll take an alternative, such as your driver's license number.

So what can you do to protect your private information? There are many state and federal laws in place to help you -- laws that protect your paper and digital information.

Consider paying cash for more items and using a credit card versus your debit card.

It's important to also sign up for credit monitoring. After Zaxby's was hacked, experts recommend using one credit card -- not a debit card -- for purchases.

How easy is it to find your information? Consider websites like Spokeo. That site contains prior addresses, links to other family members or your kids and unless you request for the information to be removed, it's out there for anyone to use.

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