Safeguard your Privacy on the Internet
Think before you share personal information
Do not share more than you need to
Choose how private you want your profile or blog to be
Monitor what others post about you
Search for your name on the Internet using at least two search engines. Search for text and images. If you find sensitive information on a website about yourself, look for contact information on the website and send a request to have your information removed.
Set up Google Alerts with your name, company name or a competitor’s name to receive emails with notifications when your name appears online.
Secure your information
Create strong passwords
Avoid paying bills, banking, and shopping on a public computer, or on any device (such as a laptop or mobile phone) over a public wireless system.
Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox can help erase your tracks on a public computer, leaving no trace of specific activity by using Inprivate Browsing.
Guard against fraud
Look for signs that a web page is safe. A site is encrypted when its web address includes https (“s” stands for secure) and a closed padlock beside it. (The lock might also be in the lower right corner of the window.)
Use a phishing filter that warns you of suspicious websites and blocks visits to reported phishing sites. Internet Explorer 8 has SmartScreen filter.
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