Many websites ask for your personal information and collect tracking details as you move from page to page. This information is used to personalize content, emails, advertising, and more. To help minimize the misuse of your personal information and lessen the risk of compromise, use the following tips.

Tips to Minimize the Misuse of Personal Information and Lessen the Risk of Compromise

  • Read a website’s privacy statement to learn what personally identifiable information the site collects about its visitors, how the information is used, with whom the information is shared, and how users can control the information that is gathered.
  • Before submitting your purchase information, look for the “lock” icon on the browser’s status bar to be sure your information is secure during transmission.
  • Periodically check your Internet browser settings (e.g., Security and Privacy) to ensure that the settings are adequate for your level and type of Internet activity.
  • Make sure you keep your anti-virus, anti-spyware, and adware protection programs updated. Be sure to have a firewall installed and enabled on your computer.

Note: In 2017 Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, reported two data breaches affecting more than 145 million Americans. Here are some tips on what to do to protect yourself following the Equifax Breach:

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