Privacy and Security News and Tips 20160308

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. — Benjamin Franklin

Weekly Tip

Protecting your Personally Identifiable Information

As you drive around town, take a look at the backs of peoples cars and think about what they are sharing. How many of them have a windows decal with a child’s name, sport, number and team, possibly even their school? What about license plate frames and bumper stickers? The family stickers that show how many children (or guns) and what type they have? Can you tell where they went to college, their favorite teams, where they bought their car, their religion, how they vote, etc? Some even put their last name in large letters on the back window. Now look at the rear view mirror, what do you see hanging there? Do they have a badge for work with their name and company on it, what about a rosary or something else you can use to tell something about them?

Now that you have seen what others share with the world, think about what you and your family are sharing. Consider carefully if you have a sports sticker on your car and your password is that team, or if you have children in sports and you are telling everyone when you will not be home because they know who the child plays for and they can look up the schedules. Everything you share should be planned out and not be compromising to your privacy and security if you can help it.

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