Archives - Personally Identifiable Information


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.

Be careful of requests to confirm or update your personal information

Most organizations – banks, colleges, companies, etc. – don’t ask for your personal information over email. Don’t divulge personally identifiable information (PII) online such as your full name, telephone number, address, credit card information, social security number, or doctor’s name. Avoid opening attachments, clicking on links, or responding to email messages from unknown senders or […]

Keep personal info personal

Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use that information to steal your identity, access your data or commit other crimes such as stalking.

Check the privacy policy

Before submitting your name, email address, or other personal information on a website, look for the site’s privacy policy. This policy should state how the information will be used and whether or not the information will be distributed to other organizations. Companies sometimes share information with partner vendors who offer related products or may offer […]

Treat business information as personal information

Business information typically includes a mix of personal and proprietary data. While you may think of trade secrets and company credit accounts, it also includes employee personally identifiable information (PII) through tax forms and payroll accounts. Do not share PII with unknown parties or over unsecured networks.

What is e-skimming?

Skimming online customer payment info from website checkout forms. Cyber criminals introduce skimming code on e-commerce payment card processing web pages to capture credit card and personally identifiable information (PII) and send the stolen data to a domain under their control. The malicious code captures credit card data as the end user enters it in […]