Protecting Your Privacy: Information Sharing Online

Shopping online, job applications, school logins, and other online sites can leave you vulnerable to identity theft and credit fraud. Hackers are becoming increasingly nimble at creating fake websites that look like the real ones so that the consumer gives them information, so be diligent in checking the URL of any website that you are giving information.

Some other things to look for when checking to see if a site is secure are, a closed yellow padlock symbol in the bottom of the screen, or next to the URL, and an “s” after the “http” in the URL. The “s” means secure. Also be sure you read the websites’ privacy and security policies to make sure you know who they give your information to and how they use it.

Most importantly, only give out the bare minimum. Make sure the site is secure before providing any information online.


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