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Digital Privacy: Managing your Digital Presence

Privacy and Identity

The Federal Trade Commission has a website devoted to your identity, your privacy, safeguarding both, and steps to take when either is compromised. It includes limiting unwanted calls and email, computer security, online safety, and identity theft. - Reporting and recovering from identity theft

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Board provides valuable resources for a variety of financial questions, including steps to take when you believe your accounts have been hacked

Monitoring My Online Presence

Search for your name using several browsers. You'll get a sense of your online presence and what other people can learn about you. 

Conduct a web search for reputation tracking services; however, some services may have subscription costs. 


Professional ePortfolios

National Do Not Call Registry

The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.

Your Online Image

This video is brought to you by Microsoft Trustworthy Computing. Trustworthy Computing is an initiative started by Microsoft. Privacy is one of the areas of concern addressed through this initiative. Check out the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing website for information about data privacy, security, and more. 

Think Before You Post

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Tips for Safeguarding your Digital identity

  1. Use current browser settings as web browser updates also include enhanced security measures
  2. Clear your cache on a routine basis
  3. Disable cookies to reduce unnecessary tracking of your web practices
  4. Install malware/antivirus protection software
  5. Use SSL encrypted websites when making purchases (https: OR padlock near the URL)
  6. Reduce the number of places where you input your payment information by using a service like PayPal
  7. Make your purchases from verified and reputable merchants
  8. Provide the merchant with the minimum amount of information required for the transaction
  9. Do not over-share your email address
  10. Eliminate subscriptions to infrequently used websites, listservs, and distribution lists
  11. Do not pay for any services/goods through email
  12. Use apps offered directly by merchants or through trustworthy app stores
  13. Purchase only from protected WiFi services. Public WiFi services are not always secure.
  14. Avoid excessive clicking on ads, unrealistic news, great deals, etc. 
  15. Review a site's policies prior to revealing information. Your information/data may be shared. 
  16. Use an advertising blocking browser plugin/extension like Ad Block Plus.