Some people keep scanned the copies of sensitive documents on desktops, company laptops and even on document-storing sites. This increases the chances of document misuse. Make sure that that there are no copies of such documents in your e-mail application (in form of attachments or graphics). Your documents should not be available for public view or searchable using search engine.
In case you receive some phone call or survey mail asking for your personal information for meeting research needs, verify the authenticity of caller/sender by asking for employee details like employee name, code and if the sender is on the direct payrolls of company. Another way to be careful with such phone calls is by revealing information in an indirect way. For instance, if asked for your date of birth, tell your age.
Social networking is the buzzword these days. However, it is exposes an individual to several risks. Often people become friendly and reveal their personal information to network pals. You must be careful with your information available for public view, like place of residence, contact number, email address, date of birth, and so on.
Instilling these habits is more important, in wake of the government endeavor to issue UID card to all citizens, under the national ID program led by Unique Identification Authority of India.