To Share or Not to Share — Protecting Your Personal Information Online

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Protecting personal information

When it comes to your personal information, you should always be concerned about how much information you share; especially online. With the onset of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies, we all have a long road to keep our personal information safe. After all, we are living in the new information age. Cybercriminals want to coerce you into sharing your personal information to use in their criminal agenda.

According to a 2017 Pew Research Center article, many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own lives. The article goes on to state, previous Pew Research Center studies of the digital privacy environment have found that many Americans fear they have lost control of their personal information and worry whether government agencies and major corporations can protect the customer data they collect. Lastly, and not surprising, roughly half of Americans (49%) feel that their personal information is less secure than it was five years ago.

It’s so easy to become a victim if you are not careful. If asked for personal information, it’s also a good idea to understand the privacy policy surrounding the request, why it is needed, how it will be used and how it will be protected. Also, consider the impacts and risks if the information you shared got into the wrong hands. An innocent-appearing email or marketing tactic using social media are a couple of common ways hackers can get your personal information. Being hesitant to share your personal information can also help reduce your risk of identity theft. Victims often have unauthorized charges on their credit cards, money stolen from bank accounts, credit scores ruined, and could even have crimes committed in their name. The damage is sometimes unrepairable. When in doubt, do not share your personal information. Before posting personal information online, keep these two tips in mind?

  1. Think before you post. How could this information impact you or your business?
  2. Don’t post personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, email, banking information, passwords, etc.

At Oildex, we are committed to investing in data safety, so our customers know their information is kept safe and secure.

Stay cyber safe!