Call for Action Alert: Most Americans put personal data at risk

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Colo. -- Ninety percent of Americans are guilty of putting their personal data at risk. There are several steps you can take to protect your personal information. Katie Pelton explains what you should do right away to protect yourself in this 11 Call for Action Alert.

How many of you use the same password on multiple websites and logins? Well, you're not alone. In fact, that's the most common mistake consumers make, which can lead to identity theft. That's according to a new report from creditcards.com.

Other risky behaviors you should avoid include using public WiFi, saving payment information for online accounts, and throwing out paperwork with personal information. Another big risk is carrying your social security card in your wallet or purse.

To help protect yourself from identity theft, experts say you should freeze your credit.

"It's gonna completely lock down your credit report," said Ted Rossman with creditcards.com. "So if a bad guy takes your information and wants to go out and get a loan, if your credit is frozen, the lender is going to lock it down. They're not going to give that fraudulent credit."

You may remember, we told you that you can now freeze your child's credit report for free until they are old enough to use it. As part of a new federal law, you can also freeze your credit for free. Click here to learn more.

Click here to read the full report from creditcards.com.

If you want to freeze your credit, you can contact the three credit reporting companies the following ways. You can call TransUnion at 1-888-909-8872. Or click here to freeze your credit online.

To contact Experian, call 1-888-397-3742 or click here. You can reach Equifax at 1-800-349-9960 or click here.