Protect Your Privacy
With the stories regarding social media sites sharing your information, we thought we should review the ways you can protect your privacy. You want to do this because if a company’s databases are hacked, you could be a victim of phishing scams or identity theft. Take steps to protect your privacy and control how your personal data is used:
- Ask companies how they will use your personal information.
- Find out how your personal information will be stored and protected from hackers and data breaches.
- Read the privacy policies from companies that you interact with. Don’t assume that they will provide the level of privacy that you want.
- Opt-out if you do not want the company to share your personal information with other companies.
- Find out what protections an organization will put in place, such as free credit reports or credit monitoring, if your information was compromised in a data breach.
- Change your password for your email account and for a company’s customer portal, if the company reports that they have had a data breach. You should change your password on a regular basis.
- Be careful about what you post on social media. Data brokers may scrape your online profile to create a consumer file about you and sell it to other companies, without your knowledge.
- Beware of using free Wi-Fi in a store. These networks may not be secured and retailers can track your behavior in the store.
- Disable cookies when shopping online to prevent companies from tracking your online browsing habits.
By following these precautions, you can control your online privacy. If you have questions about this or any other ways you can protect your privacy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org