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PII is information which can be used to identify a person uniquely and reliably.
Phishing attacks use both social engineering and technical subterfuge to steal consumers' personal identity data and financial account credentials.
Consumers need to be mindful about widespread online scams. Ensure your computer protections are up-to-date and avoid shopping on public computers. Take simple steps to protect yourself online.
Email and Privacy
Life online: We're continually connected and constantly communicating. Moving from desktops to laptops to handheld devices has made it even easier to stay in touch with others. And whether via email, texting, IMing, posting a current status on a social networking site, or other methods, we share a lot of information about ourselves quite freely, feeling a certain sense of privacy on our side of the keyboard or touchscreen.
File Sharing and Copyright
Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications and their file sharing networks are a great way to mutually share your files with others, but as with so many good things, they can also lead to trouble. For example, you could download copyright-protected material or as a nasty bit of malware (viruses, spyware and trojans) without meaning to, or you might leave yourself open to sharing personal information you'd rather not have in the hands of strangers. You could also put others at risk for copyright infringement if they were to download one of your files.
A password can be your first line of defense in protecting your computer and its contents, so make sure it's a strong one.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:22:13 PM
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