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Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Privacy Online?

Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Privacy Online?


By: Jackie

Are You Doing Enough to Protect Your Privacy Online?

With data breaches reaching an all-time high in 2016—1,093 breaches, up 40% from 2015—protecting our privacy and our personal information becomes an essential task for all of us to undertake. Since this week is Privacy Awareness Week, your BBB® would like to share tips for consumers to prevent their personal and financial information from falling into the hands of identity thieves.

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) was started in 2006 by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) to raise awareness of the importance of protecting personal information. Many countries, including the USA’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC), participate. The theme for 2017 is “Share with Care.”

Here are some tips on protecting your privacy from the BBB and the FTC:

Computer Security Tips

Router and IP Camera Security Tips

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Tips

Connected Cars

We hope these tips will help you have a safe computing experience in this world of ever-increasing interconnectedness.

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.