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Best Practices to Protect Your Privacy Online

The internet has transformed almost every facet of our lives. We can search, shop and learn more and faster than ever before.

However with this access, we also open ourselves up to vulnerabilities. Cybercriminals are waiting for us to leave traces of our personal information all over the web.

Protect your password.

Your password is the first line of defense you have protecting your accounts and personal information. You should change these regularly and make sure they cannot be easily guessed. Try spelling words backwards, randomly use capital letters and add numbers or special characters into your password.  Also, try using different passwords for different accounts. This will help in the event that one of your accounts does get hacked; the cybercriminal will not have access to all your accounts.

Be wary of your behavior online.

Never willingly give out your personal information online. Avoid putting your full name, birthdate, address or other personal identifiable information (PII) online. This only helps make it easier for someone to impersonate you.

Update the privacy and security settings on your social networking sites to control who sees your posts and adjust them to your personal comfort level. Don’t rely on the default settings. Know that identity thieves, scam artists, debt collectors, stalkers, employers, and corporations use social networks to gather information about you.

Close your browser when you’re done working. Delete the cache, history and passwords each time. Also, turn off your computer. Turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection.

Keep your devices up to date.

It’s good practice to periodically review and delete apps and games you no longer use that have access to your accounts and devices.

Visit the tools and resources section of to find more tips on how to protect your privacy online.

The information voiced in this material is for general information and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.