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Take precautions when sharing your Social Security number

Organizations such as insurance companies and banks may need your social security number in order to perform their services. However, this doesn’t mean you should give it out with no questions asked. Never share your Social Security number over email or text. If a trusted source is requesting it over the phone, ask them why […]

View the internet as a novel, not a diary

Make sure you are comfortable with anyone seeing the information you put on blogs, social networking sites, and personal websites—write it with the expectation that it is available for public consumption and that people you have never met will find your page. Although some sites use passwords or other security restrictions to protect the information, […]

Stay away from social networks with little to no privacy options

If you create an account on TikTok, it’ll automatically be made public, which means anyone can view your content and location, as well as send you messages. Until they improve their privacy options, keep yourself and your kids off of social apps like TikTok.

Read the terms and conditions before connecting to public Wi-Fi

People rarely read the fine print when signing up for something, but they should, especially when requesting access to a public network. By clicking “Accept,” you could be giving them permission to use your data. Do a quick scan of the terms and conditions on the splash page to locate any red flags before connecting.

Create different email addresses for different uses

Do you use the same email address for work and personal matters? A lot of vital information can be found in a person’s email account, so it’s smart to avoid keeping it all in one place. Rather, you can have one email address dedicated to work, one dedicated to your social media accounts, one dedicated […]

Secure your digital life

New Internet-connected — Internet of Things (IoT) or smart devices — provide a level of convenience in our lives, but they require that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed. Once your device connects to the Internet, you and your device […]