Tag: personal information

Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, libraries, airports, hotels, universities, and other public places are convenient, but often they’re not secure. If you connect to a Wi-Fi network, and send information through websites or mobile apps, it might...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, people used phones primarily to call each other. Strange, huh?Today, in this galaxy, many of us depend on our phones to take care of everyday tasks like waking up on time, keeping track of our calories,...

You’ve heard it a million times: Don’t click on links in an email unless you know who sent it and what it is.But sometimes the link in an email is just so darned convenient. For example, you ship a package to a friend, and then you get an email with...

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t reply to — or click on — a link for a random text message you see on your phone saying that you’ve won a prize, gift card or an expensive electronic like an iPad. It’s most likely a scam.According...

People share information about themselves every day by using store loyalty cards, internet search engines, social networking sites, and online coupons. Many people — like the character in this video — decide that the benefits of these services are...

A free iPad?! A $1,000 gift card? And all for clicking on a “YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR A PRIZE” text message you got out of the blue?According to a recent FTC settlement with a marketer named Jason Q. Cruz, it simply isn’t so. Seems Mr. Cruz sent...

Say someone searched your name online. What do you think they’d find? What if some clicking brought them to things like your medical history, notes from psychiatric sessions or kids’ medical exams, or your Social Security and driver’s license number...

Strapped for cash? You might think an online payday loan is a quick and easy way to help stretch your money. But before you enter your bank account or any other personal information on a payday loan website, back away from the keyboard! That online...

Quick. In 2012, what was the number one complaint submitted to the FTC?You guessed it: Identity theft. And it has been the number one complaint for 13 years straight.That makes Data Privacy Day the ideal time to think about how you can protect your...

Another day, another announcement about a data breach.As news trickles out about retailers that have been hacked, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself from fraud. Even if you’re not sure that your accounts have been affected, you...

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