One of the biggest concerns we have always got to remain vigilant towards is our own personal information. In the olden days there used to be unsolicited phone calls from strangers offering you vast family riches or vacation vouchers for just a bit of your private information. Now though that medium has translated and exploded in the digital age. But it’s not just emails anymore. You need to be vigilant towards every place you enter in private information and you need to be your own best steward towards digital safety.
Know Your Source: You might think that when you are entering information related back to a query you have done, that your information is going to be secure. But one of the biggest caveats to digital privacy is that we are often our own worst enemy. Just because you have done a search or entered in a URL for what you think you’re looking for, that’s not always correct. You need to be sure that anytime you are submitting information anywhere that you are giving it to the right destination. If you are entering information like your address, mother’s maiden name, or Social Security number you should be positive that the destination for this information are those you’ve intended. Just because you clicked on a link from a trusted website doesn’t mean that the place you are going to is also one which should be trusted. If there is ever any question in your mind about the place your information is going it is far better planned out that you withhold this information until you can verify and validate the place that it’s headed and the use that’s intended.
Limited Use: Come to think of it another reason that too many people have their information compromised is that they are applying for credit cards, memberships and other spots that ask for too much information too often. It only takes one time but if you are signing up for a magazine subscription or something that’s not really vital for them to know too much information, you might want to just put a cap on what you’re willing to give out on the front end. If you’re not comfortable giving out the information requested it’s a better idea to just hold off and see if you can’t get an explanation as to why they need such private information.
Credit Reports: Another great tool in getting to the bottom of your personal information and keeping it all private is keeping tabs on your credit report. If you get an annual credit report and you see some suspicious activity like accounts you don’t recognize or transactions you didn’t authorize, you can sound the alarm and your profile can be investigated further.
We all need to do our own part to prevent digital information breeches. If you keep after the information about you that’s floating around and limit and monitor who you’re giving what, you are bound to be much better off in the end.