Our world of high technology and social networking has led to real problems with identity
theft and privacy protection. Listed below are a few things you can do to help protect
your privacy and make your world more secure.
Close the blinds on your windows. Many modern homes have no curtains or blinds. This is
an advertisement to world please come rob me.
Turn off or block Bluetooth access to your cell phone. If you leave your Bluetooth
accessible, you invite any device within range to listen in on your conversation.
Use anti-spyware, anti-virus, and anti-adware software on your computer.
Do not use free programs or flash drives. There is a reason these devices are free. Many
times they are embedded with spyware to track your habits.
Never loan your computer or cell phone to anyone. Spyware takes many forms. Even
your cell phone can be a victim if the right person gets access.
Make sure the firewall on your computer is active. Be suspicious of new electronic
gadgets. Most consumer electronics come from foreign countries that want to know your
If a person makes you uneasy, look them in the eye. A would be attacker or stalker will
not want to be discovered or identified.
Print "See ID" in the signature box on the back of a credit or debit card. This will force a
store clerk to look at a picture ID to confirm your card is not stolen.
Begin to think like a security professional. Think about what could go wrong with the
situation you are in, or the device you are using. Was the person you just gave your car
keys a valet or just a guy in a vest and tie? Does that ATM have one card reader or
two? Does this free jump drive have embedded spyware on it? This list is in no way
complete, but it will help you to think about what you can do to protect your privacy.
Security professionals must learn to think about what can go wrong in every situation. If
you as an individual learn to think about what can go wrong, it will lead to a more secure
and private way of life for yourself and your loved ones.
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