Saturday, March 15, 2008

Protecting yourself

If you are worried about personal data security, take the following steps:
(1)Your details are valuable. Never share them via an insecure web page.
(2)Invest in anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as firewall. Update them regularly.
(3)Read the privacy policy. This should state whether the company intends to sell the information you have given them. However, be aware that many companies simply copy from another website, and then do exactly as they like.
(4) Refuse to fill out irrelevant details. Let's face it: do they really need to know your education level when signing you up for a company newsletter?
(5) Demand errant companies do better by writing and asking them to change their approach. Don't support those who don't work ethically.
(6) Monitor your financial accounts and billing statements every month. If there is suspicious activity, report it at once. The quicker you respond, the less damage and ID thief can do.
(7) Banks, eBay and other companies will never send you an e-mail to ask you to confirm passwords or account detials. Report all such scans at once.
(8) Best of all, trust your instincts. If something feels fishy, walk away.

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