Archives - Personal Information

Keep tabs on your apps

Most connected appliances, toys, and devices are supported by a mobile application. Your mobile device could be filled with suspicious apps running in the background or using default permissions you never realized you approved—gathering your personal information without your knowledge while also putting your identity and privacy at risk. Check your app permissions and use […]

Get a paper shredder for any sensitive documents

Do you work with a lot of paper documents or other types of physical media (e.g., CDs or DVDs) that contain sensitive data? If so, it may be advisable to get a paper shredder for safe disposal of such assets once you no longer need them. Pay attention to whether the shredder makes strip, cross, […]

Think about using a privacy screen

Ever worried about someone looking over your shoulder while you’re on your laptop or tablet? A privacy screen can help. These specialized add-ons reduce the viewing angles on your device so that onlookers can’t see what you’re doing or steal sensitive information. Plus, these screens are usually unobtrusive and easy to install.

Be careful posting personal information on social sites

Using information that you provide about your location, hobbies, interests, and friends, a malicious person could impersonate a trusted friend or convince you that they have the authority to access other personal or financial data.

Watch out for e-commerce sites asking for personally identifying information

E-commerce sites only really need two main data points from you: 1) your payment information, like a credit card number and 2) your shipping address. If they ask for anything else, consider finding an alternative. You don’t need to supply your Social Security number just to have a package shipped to your residence.

What is Shoulder Surfing?

In public areas malicious actors can simply glance over your shoulder as you type. By simply watching you, they can steal sensitive or personal information. Screen protectors which prevent shoulder-surfers from seeing your device screen can be purchased for little money. For smaller devices, such as phones, be cognizant of your surroundings while viewing sensitive […]