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In a world where people are increasingly living their lives online, privacy in the digital world is becoming one of the most important issues of modern life. Stories of identity theft, ruined careers, and fraud abound. How well protected are you against these very real threats?
Personal information that you enter into an online form can be saved, sold, copied, hacked, and sent around the world. Make sure you're taking precautions to prevent your data from going astray. Important components to your identity are:
The information you post freely on Facebook is sometimes enough for identity thieves to use! Sophos, a security software company, has a great resource detailing
Facebook settings that will minimize your risk of personal information
harvesting. Take a few minutes to go through their
suggestions - you won't regret it!
You should also take this great Facebook Quiz prepared by the ACLU - it shows you what information you are sharing with potentially malicious companies and individuals who create and post quizzes.
Here are some more basic tips on protecting your personal information from lawyers.com:
To avoid giving out your real email address, why not go disposable?
Here are 8
Disposable Email Address Services.
7 online blunders - These common mistakes can ruin your computer
or invite identity theft (from consumerreports.org)
Privacy Alliance's Rules and Tools for Protecting Personal Privacy Online (from privacyalliance.org)
iC3 is the FBI's citizen and small business complaint site. They post the latest scams as well as gather information about internet crime.
Is your online persona going to prevent you from landing that great job?
Are you letting it all hang out on or or to the detriment of your future?
How safe is your credit card information?
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