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Don't get your identity stolen from an online job application

When searching for a job, you probably find yourself filling out applications online. What you certainly don't want is to have your identity stolen in the process.

The credit bureau Experian's ProtectMyID program recommends this approach when you fill out a job application.

Omit your social security number, even if it asks for it. Tell them you will give that number if you are hired. Your SSN is only necessary for payroll purposes, unless you are applying for a law enforcement or security position, which may need that in order to run a background check.

If you're dropping off an application, only give it to a manager or human resources employee. Don't just hand it to anybody.

If you are applying online, confirm the site is secure with a "S" after the "HTTP" in the web address and the lock icon in your browser. If you create an online profile on that employer's website, use a password that incorporates the company's name or theme instead of something that explicitly identifies you or is easy to crack.

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