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The Path to Privacy

The path your information follows as you use various technologies leaves many points of access open to information compromise. On the Internet, submitting your information to a Web site, such as when applying for a brokerage account, sends your information through a variety of public channels. All along the way, system administrators or hackers can track down and even watch your information. When you use your wireless laptop to connect to your office, anyone in your vicinity can attempt to capture your wireless traffic and hack into your wireless network with your information. All your data being stored along these access paths will linger for years and be accessible by many people. Different companies have different strategies as to how your data is stored, secured, and used.

If we examine the brokerage account sign-up process, we can see several points of information compromise:


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