Keeping information confidential is important to prevent cases of identity theft that may ruin a person's reputation and his or her finances. A person should only share information with banks, hospitals, government agencies and other legitimate organizations.
Ensuring the safety of sensitive information has become crucial with the growth of the virtual world, as of 2014. There are many ways through which thieves may access a person's information, with a common one being pick-pocketing of wallets. A person may also steal information by checking a person's mail and searching in the trash. Securing online activities helps to prevent issues, such as skimming, phishing and spamming. Shredding documents that contain vital information is one way to ensure confidentiality.