Finding Privacy in a World of No Privacy

Chapter four of What Happens on Campus Stays on YouTube by Erik Qualman is the most important chapter I have come across thus far. Protecting your identity is crucial to your financial as well as physical well being. There are many safety tips this book covers and I found important to share with my friends and family.

  1. Be careful with under the door menus.
    • Don’t put personal information on menus or order cards that are slid under the door at hotels. Predators use these to get your credit card information. Instead, call the company directly to make orders.
  2. Your Smart Phone is vulnerable
    • Having the latest security software lowers risk
  3. Do not use public Wi-Fi for financial transaction
  4. Beware of free Wi-Fi
    • Identity thieves may name Wi-Fi spots to appear safe like “hotelwifi” but this is not secure.
  5. Avoid phishing scams
    • Go directly to websites rather than using links in emails will ensure better safety
  6. Set up password for online card use
  7. Be careful on online auctions, such as eBay
    • Avoid paying by check or money order
  8. Destroy digital data
    • When you dispose of a computer system be sure the data is completely destroyed.Use strong passwords for all online accounts
  9. Limit the personal info you share online
  10. Be careful shopping online
    • Do your research to ensure you are only buying off secure sites. The “s” on https:// means it is secure.
  11. Confirmation of order
    • Screenshot confirmation pages that include customer information, product info and confirmation number.
  12. Keep track of personal information
    • Do not carry extra credit cards, social security cards, birth certificates or passports on you. Keep them locked in a safe place.
  13. Check your credit report often to ensure info is accurate and only includes activities you authorize.
  14. Destroy hotel key cards because they carry all the personal info you provide the front desk.
  15. Ask for credit card verification
    • Signing the back of your card with “SEE ID” tells clerks to check your ID when you use your card.
  16. Always sign out of accounts after using them
  17. Keep copies of cards and documents
    • This gives you quick access to the companies’ 1-800 number and info to cancel cards if stolen
  18. Treat mail with care
    • collect mail daily, drop important mail in secure post office mail boxes, switch to paperless billing and have the post office hold your mail while you are on vacation.

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