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Online privacy requires thinking ahead

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Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 10:58 am

The Privacy by Design Research Lab at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business is working with industry leaders to produce guidelines for businesses worldwide to effectively protect personal data.

Associate professor Marilyn Proschsays shares these data-privacy tips for consumers:

• Think before you share your information with any site or person on the Internet.

• Read privacy policies.

• Never log in to your financial assets, such as online banking sites, from a public network (at hotels, coffee shops, airports, etc.).

• Use different passwords for your finances than for your social networks and games.

• Protect your home computers by making sure your home network is closed.

• Be very careful about giving your social security number out and only do so on a secured network (look for “https,” not “http” in the website).

• On social networking sites, such as Facebook, make all of your privacy settings “friends only.”

• Do not answer those 20-question lists on social networking sites. They are also questions typically asked to allow you to access many financial websites if you lose your password.

• Periodically check your credit report.

• Do not let your children have the location-based options activated on their mobile devices, including portable game devices.

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