Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tips for Protecting Your Identity Online

Here are some tips from a recent Computer World article about protecting your identity online. They're pretty much common sense, but they still bear repeating.

The first, and most obvious, is to not post any personal information -- address, birthday, or phone number, for example. This is a lot different than posting about something like your musical tastes, which isn't likely to be used for either identity theft or physical assault.

Be careful about who you expose yourself to. Use privacy features, and opt out of searches, on social networking sites like Facebook.

Thirdly, be careful when dating online. Rather than just assume anybody posting is who they say they are, use a reliable and reputable service that screens its applicants.

Love can be online. It just has to be careful. It's not like a bar, where you can see and talk to potential mate in person. Even then, prudent adults would be careful. Treat the online world the same way.


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