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Chapter 5. ONLINE DISCLOSURES AND THAT B... > Safety Tips for Giving Out informati...

Safety Tips for Giving Out information About Yourself

The following are some simple things that help protect your privacy when you are giving information about yourself:

  • Look for privacy policies on the Web— That should always be the first thing you do. Look and read the Web site's privacy statement. If it doesn't match your own preferences, consider going elsewhere. If you have a browser or other tools that easily lets you know about a site's privacy, remember to watch for the privacy information.

  • Get a separate e-mail account— With the numerous and excellent Web-based e-mail sites, you can get a separate account for each of many activities. Your true challenge may end up being keeping all your accounts and passwords straight.

  • Remember: Giving out personal information online means giving it to strangers— If the privacy policies and other information found in the “About us” sections of the Web site seems suspicious, don't send any private information.

  • Be sure that online forms are secure— Look for the little lock in the bottom of your browser window, as shown in Figure 5.3. It's very small but you can still see if it is open or shut. If it isn't shut, don't send information that needs to go to a secure spot, like any numbers that identify you or an account that is yours.

    Figure 5.3. If the small lock displayed in the browser status bar is closed, the connection is secured using the SSL protocol.



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