Protect Your Online Privacy

 

Your personal information is valuable and should be kept private. By maintaining your privacy, you are reducing the risk of having your identity stolen by a fraudster. 

 

Good password management 
Make sure you have a different password for every site and account such as email, Facebook, PayPal and eBay. This ensures that if one service is hacked, other services will not be affected. Avoid using personal information like your name, birthday, and car number. Do not use words that can be found in a dictionary. 

 

Disable GPS and Wi-Fi on your mobile phone 
Turning off GPS ensures that you are not exposing your current location. For example, when you use Facebook to check in at the mall, people will know that you are not at home and could break into your house. 

 

Before downloading apps, read the terms and conditions 
Some apps access the data on your phone or mobile device, and by accepting the terms and conditions, you are giving permission to do so. 

 

Do not expose your date of birth & phone number 
Never display your full date of birth and phone number on social media as they are both key pieces of information that can be used for identity verification. For example, if you lose your phone and it’s locked with a password, a fraudster could try to retrieve your phone using your birth date. 

 

Separate your work and personal things 
If you have a work email account, use it for work only because your employer has the right to access your work email account. Keep your personal emails separate to protect your privacy. 

 

Make yourself more difficult to find on social media 
Do not completely fill in your profile information on social media. The more information you share, the easier it is for people to find you. 

 

Use the strongest account privacy settings 
When using social networking sites like Facebook, make sure to set your privacy settings to only friends that you know, instead of setting it to ‘Public’.