Think about all the times you freely give businesses sensitive data like your name, date of birth or Social Security number. When you apply for a credit card, seek a new job or take out an insurance policy. Because we share personal details with others so often, it's imperative we think about the safety of that information. And it's become even more important in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as more and more people file for unemployment or other government loans. The Federal Trade Commission states they received 5.1 million reports of identity theft in 2022.