There are a lot of free services online these days. You can store pictures “in the cloud,” develop documents, send email, and connect to people. And it doesn’t cost you a single penny.

But free isn’t always free. Many “free” services sell information about you — your likes, hobbies, salary, family members, friends, location, profession, purchase and viewing history, and other demographics — to advertisers to make money.

Be aware of what information you’re providing online. Read websites’ privacy policies and terms of use. Don’t post information that could be exploited by a bad guy or that you don’t want made public. Don’t store unencrypted sensitive information in the cloud. You don’t know with whom you’re sharing the cloud!

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Cyber Tip of the Day from the Multi-State Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC)