The Safety Crew

Personal Information

How to keep Personal Information Safe

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  • Probably the best way to protect your personal information is to not share anything.
  • Use social networking with care. It’s amazing what information can be gleaned from social networking sites, but it is easy for you to keep your profile private. Share your information only with those you know and don’t accept friend requests from strangers.
  • Guard your credit card information. Never enter your credit card information before checking to make sure that the site is secure. A secure site always begins with https:// and there should be a lock icon in your browser
  • Use a disposable credit card. Many credit card companies now offer cards that you can fill with a limited amount of money. These are a great way to shop online. If the number is stolen your original account number is safe.
  • Know the companies you’re dealing with and only do business with well-known and reputable sites. Never click email links that offer special deals on anything, no matter how attractive the offer because it is most likely a site set up to steal your credit card and other personal information.
  • Create strong passwords by making your passwords longer than eight characters with a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers. Avoid common words, or easy to guess dates.
  • When you leave a site make certain you are completely logged out. Also, when your browser asks if you want it to remember your user name and password for next time don’t accept because it is an easy way for thieves to obtain your log in information.
  • Don’t store personal or financial information on your computer including banking and tax records, receipts from online stores or a list of passwords. Use a removable flash drive and keep that in a secure location.
  • Install security software and keep it updated. This includes a firewall and virus and malware protection. There are many options available include some very reliable free security programs.
  • If you’re going to recycle your old computer you need to wipe the hard drive. Simply deleting it won’t do the job. Even erasing the drive won’t always enough since there is some pretty powerful recovery software out there. To make certain your personal information is completely gone, you may want to use a program specifically designed to erase private data.

Importance of Communication with Adults:

Effective communication with an adult is essential for a young internet user to ensure safe. In addition, it will strengthen your existing relationships and help you to form positive bonds in future interactions. In addition, People who know how to listen well and convey their message to others are almost always more confident than people who haven’t learned these skills.

Need to Report an Internet Scam?

Visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) and follow the directions in order to report a hazardous and dangerous site.

Resources

A Parent's Guide to Kids and Safe Texting
10 Ways to Keep Personal Information Safe
USA.gov
Keeping Personal Information Safe
ScamBusters.org