Tip #4 Keep Your Private Information Private

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Identity theft still ranks as one of the highest cases of cyber crime to date. As more infrastructures become digital, more and more of your information becomes privy to exploitation by malicious actors.

Avoid sharing your full name, address, vacation dates, and other personal information online. Frequently check a website’s privacy options to ensure you have enabled the highest level of privacy as options may get updated or changed completely. When utilizing apps on your smart devices, pay close attention to what permissions are requested. If it doesn’t make sense you should probably block access. For example, a photo app shouldn’t be able to access your contacts and make phone calls.

By monitoring your information sharing preferences you can help defend yourself from having your identity stolen and possibly far worse repercussions.

 

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