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What to do to protect your data on Data Privacy Day

Today is Data Privacy Day.

What can you do protect your personal information, online and off?

Data-privacy-dayThis is more important after the massive hacking of the giant retailer Target and other stores.

The Federal Trade Commission offers these links to help consumers be more secure:

Limiting unwanted calls and emails

Some phone calls and emails are important, some can be annoying, and others are illegal. Learn how to reduce the number of unwanted messages you get by phone and online.

Computer security

The Internet offers opportunities for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves to prey on you. Learn how to protect your computer, your information, and your online files.

Kids’ online safety

Adults can help reduce the risks of kids being online by talking to them about making safe and responsible decisions.

Protecting your identity

Keeping your important papers secure, shredding documents with sensitive information before you put them in the trash, and limiting the personal information you carry with you are among the ways you can protect your identity. Find additional tips to reduce your risk of identity theft, including how and when to order your free credit report.

Repairing identity theft

If you suspect someone has stolen your identity, acting quickly to limit the damage is key. Place a fraud alert on your credit file, order your credit reports, and call the FTC to report the crime.

It’s important to take the time to work on the safety of your data today.

And, if you’ve shopped at Target recently be sure to watch out for “Phishing” emails, don’t give out personal information, and check your credit card accounts for unauthorized charges regularly.

Good luck to us all.

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