How to Protect Your Privacy

It's undeniable that we live in a digital world. We shop online. We bank online. We share personal information on a host of social networks and leave an electronic footprint everywhere we go. Unfortunately, predators are everywhere on the Internet waiting to steal and use our information for their personal gain.

We must learn to protect our privacy. Our personal information is stored in many electronic public and private databases. Our information becomes readily available to criminals when it is accidentally exposed due to carelessness, user-error, or through malicious cyber-attacks.

Viruses, spyware, and the use of cookies that track and collect our online activities, make it increasingly difficult to safeguard our personal information.

As our lives are increasingly lived online, so we have to take a proactive approach to protection.

Some of the Places Your Information Is Stored

  • Medical records
  • Insurance records
  • Social security
  • Bank and investment accounts
  • Industry databases
  • Tax records
  • School records
  • Phone records
  • Mailing lists

How to Protect Your Privacy Online

  • Make sure websites you visit have a privacy policy and review it to understand how your information is used.
  • Make sure online purchases are encrypted. Look for this symbol.  
  • Remove your personal information from websites using a service such as DeleteNow™.
  • Block cookies on your browsers, except from sites you trust.
  • Use multiple usernames and passwords for your online accounts and change them frequently.
  • Limit the amount of personal information you disclose on social networking sites.
  • Set-up a Google Alert for your name.
  • Enroll in a comprehensive privacy protection service such as UltraSecure™ and UltraSecure+Credit™, to proactively monitor important personal information.

Protect Your Privacy Every Day

  • Keep your social security card in a safe place, never in your wallet.
  • Make copies of everything you carry in your wallet.
  • Shred all mail and paperwork that contain personal information.
  • Limit the amount of unsolicited mail you receive. A service such as Junk Mail Opt-Out can help.