3 ways to protect your personal information online

If you’re like me, you’re finding that you spend more and more time online. And we’re spending more time on activities that require sharing personal information such as credit cards, birth dates, addresses and social security numbers.

There have been many documented cases over the last few years about online personal information being hacked into and stolen so it’s best to develop some habits that can help protect it. Below are 3 easy ways to help you protect your personal information.

Use unique passwords

If you are one of the unfortunate people to have an online account with a company that has been hacked, using the same login credentials on other accounts can provide these hackers access to your other accounts. By using a unique password for each of your online accounts, you can prevent them from easily hacking you on other sites.

If keeping track of passwords feels overwhelming, consider using a password manager. There are many choices out there with different options so spending a little time now finding one that works for you can save you a lot of time and headaches later.

Check your social media sharing options

Sharing too much on social media may put your personal information in the wrong hands. Each post can typically be shared with different groups, so try to keep this in mind when sharing posts with personal information.  Also, check your privacy settings for each website you frequent as each of your settings will work independently of the other.

Use free WiFi judiciously

If you are constantly on the go, free public WiFi networks can be very convenient. However, hackers can access these networks also with the goal of stealing personal identification information for malicious use later. Because of this, try to limit your use of the internet while away from a secured, password-protected network to tasks that do not require your personal information.

It’s impossible to completely eliminate the risks of sharing your personal information online, but by following the above suggestions, you can decrease the likelihood that your personal information is stolen.

"Education is the key to making informed financial decisions." -- Elliot Goldberg, Independent Registered Investment Advisor (610) 999-3599
“Education is the key to making informed financial decisions.” — Elliot Goldberg

Please call me at (610) 999-3599 if you would like to discuss this further.

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