While technological advances may someday make it impossible to steal somebody’s identity, there is much that individuals can do in the meantime to protect themselves. The first step is to understand how identity theft occurs, and two new in-depth and informative primers on the subject make the subject easy to understand. The first, from the U.K. telecom company BT, explains how criminals steal identities, what ISPs and other organizations are doing to help consumers, and what the future holds. The second, from the Liberty Alliance Project, shows how stolen identities are converted into money. @ SM Online has both papers.