New government data shows that Connecticut has become a hot spot for identity theft.
The numbers, which were released this week by the Federal Trade Commission, put the state at number 2 on the list of per-capita identity theft in the country.
More than 8,000 people reported identity theft complaints last year. The FTC said that's more than double the amount reported the year before.
Researchers said the reason is the data breaches that continue to make the news.
"This is a wake up call for people who haven't been doing everything they can to protect their personal information to the extent that they can," said Howard Schwartz of the Connecticut Better Business Bureau.
The CT BBB said there's no foolproof way to secure oneself. However, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk.
"It's more important now than ever before to check our credit reports because that will be one of the first places you'll see whether or not you are the victim of identity theft," Schwartz said.
The BBB also recommends not carrying social security or medicaid cards in wallets, locking down information on home computers, using strong passwords and not clicking on unknown links on the internet.
It said don't click on links or open attachments in emails from unknown senders.
It also warned users to keep their browser, antivirus and operating system software up-to-date.
The National Consumers League said officials will have to continue to keep an eye on the numbers as data breaches continue to affect millions of Americans.
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