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ONLINE PRIVACY INFO      
Personal Privacy



Many people are concerned about Online Privacy especially with
companies like Facebook and Google.
They worry that they could be victims of Identity Theft, Scams, and loads of Spam Mail.
  Here are some info and tools to help you deal with this issue.





WHAT INFORMATION IS AT RISK?
* Your personal information includes your full name, home address, email address, what search engines you use, what you search for, what websites you go to, passwords, any information about you personally.  Some of this information will have to be shared in order to use the internet and many services it provides, but your goal should be to keep it as close to you as possible.



HOW DO I PROTECT MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?
* Be careful when signing up for things, if something sounds too good to be true (free ipad/iphone/etc) it probably is.  Companies sometimes share information with partner vendors who or may offer options to subscribe to particular mailing lists. ALWAYS READ CHECKBOXES many times these are snuck-in things such as you agreeing to share your personal info with whoever the company sees fit or adding toolbars to your browser that track everywhere you go.

* On Social Networking sites watch what you share and with whom.  A simple post like "Shopping all day today" can mean "No one is at my house today" if shared with the wrong people.  Check your privacy settings to make sure that only your friends (or a certain subset of your friends) can see personal information like your address, email, phone number, even your posts.

*Consider devoting one credit card to online purchases to minimize potential damage if it is compromised. Or avoid submitting credit card info online altogether, instead phoning in your payment information.

*Do not use your primary email address for online submissions.  Use an email that gives you some anonymity (instead of sallyrogers1977@place.net choose something more like saro-fino@place.net)

*Wherever possible, use encryption.  When you enter your credit card, make sure the website is encrypted (URL starts out https: instead of just http:)  Some social networks like Facebook have encryption as an option, some like Google Plus have it as default.



I THINK I'M BEING TRACKED!  WHAT DO I DO?
If you are on the internet, chances are you are being tracked at some point, usually for advertisement purposes.  Facebook and Google are not the only companies on this bandwagon.

There are several ways to get around tracking, but nothing that will stop it completely. An interesting new software that seems to  help without slowing down browsing is Do Not Track Plus.  Links below, be sure to get the one for your browser.  For more information on this software, see the zdnet.com article


Do Not Track Plus browser add-on:
for Firefox
Internet Explorer
Chrome
Safari


Sources:
https://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-013.html
http://www.zdnet.com/news
http://www.download.cnet.com