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Protecting Yourself From ID Theft

The theft of computer discs containing Social Security numbers and other personal information of some 26.5 million United States veterans has raised alarm bells once again about the pressing problem of identify theft.

On The Early Show Tuesday, privacy expert Eric Gertler offered tips on what the veterans involved should do to try to curtail any possible damage from that data getting out.

His advice actually applies to everyone.

To watch the segment, click here.

Gertler wrote "Prying Eyes: Protect your Privacy from People Who Sell to You, Snoop On You and Steal from You." For details on the book, click here.

He is associated with Edenfity, a company helping clients fight and protect themselves from identify fraud.

Veterans Affairs has set up a Web site for veterans who believe their information may have been compromised. They can also call 1-800-FED-INFO.

To check out Federal Trade Commission identity theft resources, click here.

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