So this month, in the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to chat about Internet security and help put those privacy fears at ease.
The information you post is what’s out there. So leave some out.
- Never post identifiable information: phone number, address, social security number, age. Yes, age. If you want to post your birthday, that is acceptable. Just don’t post the birth year because that information is required to open credit cards.
- Use a Skype or Google Voice number instead of your cell or home phone.
- Have one email address for all things commercial/advertisement.
- Never buy anything without the Secure Credit Symbol.
- If it comes from Africa, delete it.
- If it comes from someone you don’t know or aren’t expecting, do not open the attachments.
- Never give out bank account information, ever.
- Never give out credit card information.
- Report Spam and Phishing back to your email carrier. There should be an option in your email or inbox.
- Come up with a phrase or jingle you really like (preferably one you can sing).
- Break it down into the first letter of each word, alternate capitalization.
- Then add a zip code, with numbers and then with characters.
- Examples below. (Don’t use them, make up your own.)
About the Author: With a combined 12 years of active and Reserve time as a US Air Force Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Lovett has marketed books, shows, concerts and more. She is currently an Air Force Reserve Public Affairs Officer at Patrick AFB in Florida and in her full-time life, pursuing a career as a fiction writer.