The number of current and former government employees whose personal information (including social security number was hacked numbers at least 4 million. If you are one of these or if your social security number was obtained in any of a number of other security breaches, here are some things to do right away to make sure you don’t become the victim of identity theft.

1. Place a fraud alert or credit freeze with the three credit reporting agencies. As an alternative, you can engage a company such as All Clear ID to monitor your credit file for entries which could indicate fraud.

2. File an identity theft affidavit with the Internal Revenue Service. This prevents a crook from filing a tax return in your name. If you have already filed your taxes this year, this form should be filed before January 15, 2016.

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