As an Identity Theft Speaker and Expert on the issue of Identity Theft for over 10 years, Ive seen lots and lots of hullabaloo and misinformation over the issue. Its the end of 2008. Progress has been made to make people aware of the issue of identity theft. However, based on a loosely conducted pole, consumers are still in the dark as to how to protect themselves. Most dont know the difference between credit monitoring, fraud alerts or credit freezes. Most people think they can protect their social security number by not giving it out. Most people think as long as they are shredding then they are safe. We still have a long way to go.