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Look out for requests to update your personal information

The majority of organizations – banks, universities, companies, etc. – will not ask for your personal information over email. Do not reveal personally identifiable information online such as your full name, social security number, telephone number, address, insurance policy number, credit card information, or doctor’s name. Don’t open attachments, click on links, or respond to […]

Don’t send sensitive personal data with standard email

There’s no undoing an email (with limited exceptions if you’re in an Microsoft Exchange environment). Plus, email security is not as strong as you might expect, especially if you aren’t using email encryption. For these reasons, never give out your personal identifiable information in an email.

Beware of sharing personally identifiable information

Whether you’re a business or a consumer, it’s important to keep personally identifiable information (PII) secure. PII is any type of data that could be used to identify, locate or contact an individual, such as name, date of birth or place of residence. PII is often targeted by hackers because it can be sold for […]

Have you ever used a job board? Once employed, go back and delete your resume

Online job boards can be very helpful when looking for work. Most, if not all, allow you to upload your resume directly to the service so that recruiters and employers can take a look. After finding employment, it’s best to go back and retroactively remove your resume from each job board it’s posted to. If […]

Own your online presence

Remember, hackers will scour any and all traces of your online presence to obtain information that could help them crack your account. This means they’re looking at your social media for personal details that could make guessing a password easier. Avoid sharing such details online, especially those that could give any indication of your login […]

While gaming online, use party chat instead of in-game chat

Whether gaming on your console or a PC, form a voice chat party using the console’s party app or a third-party PC app, rather than using a game’s in-game chat. This will keep your conversation private and ensure you and your friends will remain anonymous, even if you divulge self-identifying information. In-game chats are open […]