Regular Internet users are conversant with the importance of protecting their credit cards and bank accounts by using secure passwords, maintaining good security software and maintaining a certain cynicism -- but it's also important to make sure no-one is rifling through your physical mailbox.
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A recent survey of 1,100 Australians by Veda Advantage found that 7% of them had experienced theft of personal mail -- a similar proportion to the number who have had their credit cards skimmed or attempts made to illegally access their bank accounts. Credit card statements and bills offer a wealth of personal information, so don't let them stack up in your mailbox where anyone can get them. And once you no longer need to retain them, make sure your shred them before they hit the recycling bin.