Personal Information

The privacy policies of financial institutions, insurance companies and healthcare providers are commonly provided to website users, however; consumers are not as likely to ask for the privacy policy of the sites they visit on a regular basis. Even if a site has a privacy policy, many consumers find it difficult to navigate the terms and are not sure what to look for when reviewing a site’s privacy policy and practices.

The privacy policies of financial institutions, insurance companies and healthcare providers are commonly provided to website users, however; consumers are not as likely to ask for the privacy policy of the sites they visit on a regular basis. Even if a site has a privacy policy, many consumers find it difficult to navigate the terms and are not sure what to look for when reviewing a site’s privacy policy and practices.

If a company has a privacy policy, it may not mean the consumer’s personal information is protected. It is important for consumers to keep in mind that there are no universal guidelines for the content of privacy policies. Consumers are their own best defense in protecting their information online and the best way to do so is recognizing what information will be shared.

Prevention

  1. Shred documents with financial and personal information.
  2. Never leave ATM or credit card receipts behind.
  3. Don’t use obvious passwords like your name or birthdate.
  4. Do not give out your Social Security number, carry your card with you, or put your number on checks.
  5. Never give out personal info unless you know who you are dealing with.
  6. Never click on links sent in unsolicited emails.
  7. Keep your computer secure. Use firewalls, anti-spyware and antivirus software, keep them up-to-date.
  8. Add your name to the “Do Not Call Registry” (888-382-1222).
  9. Monitor your credit report at least twice a year.
  10. Review your credit card statements carefully.

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