Archives - Personally Identifiable Information


Watch what info you give away

Be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete your transaction. If the merchant is requesting more data than you feel comfortable sharing, cancel the transaction. You only need to fill out required fields at checkout and you should not save your payment information in your profile. If the account autosaves it, after […]

Avoid potential hiring scams

Fake Job or Hiring Scams occur when criminal actors deceive victims into believing they have a job or a potential job. Criminals leverage their position as “employers” to persuade victims to provide them with personally identifiable information (PII) or to send them money. As you look for a new job, be extra vigilant so your […]

Never pay to play in online job search

Never send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer, prepaid cards, or money transfer apps. If you receive any paper checks with instructions to purchase items or transfer money, contact the financial institution on the check to ensure the availability of funds. Never provide credit card information to an employer. Never provide […]

Online job hunting – pause before supplying sensitive info

Legitimate companies will ask for personally identifiable information (PII), such as social security number and bank account information for payroll purposes, AFTER hiring employees. Also, before entering PII online, make sure the website is secure by looking at the address bar. The address should begin with “https://”, not “http://”.

Obscure personal information when sending messages over Signal

If you share pictures with other users through a messenger service, you should be careful to not display unwanted personal information or the identifying features or people who did not consent to the exchange. On Signal, you can easily blur these details. With the image open and attached to the message, before sending, simply click […]

Protect your privacy online

Before submitting your email address or other personally identifiable information online, you need to be sure that the privacy of that information will be protected. To protect your identity and prevent an attacker from easily accessing additional information about you, be cautious about providing your birth date, Social Security number, or other personal information online.