Tips to protect personal information on the internet

Posted at 5:40 PM, Feb 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-23 21:26:26-05
Is somebody using your personal information right now? It could be scammers opening accounts in your name. Or they could have hacked your computer and are tracking your moves.
Your information can also be sold and used by legitimate businesses.
It can happen when you sign up for something, install something or agree to something online. In each case, you must read the privacy policy of the business in question.
You may just be giving up your email address.
Or it could be much more.
Consider having separate email accounts and credit cards. One could be used for online purchases and sign-ups, while the other isn't used for anything online.
And to protect yourself, make your passwords complex and change them often.
Also, check to see if two-factor authentication is allowed. If so, sign up. You'll then have to answer a question and give your password to get into the account.
Click here to see more protections from the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
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