Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Choose Privacy Week Display

Choose Privacy Week 1
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Did you see our Privacy Week display?

We are so used to free online services that we may not think everything that is involved. Signing up for even a discount card at your supermarket requires giving your name, address, and phone number, if not your age, gender, and hobbies. After that, your purchases are tracked and saved in the company databases for an indeterminate time.

With online services it gets more complex very quickly. Keeping your account numbers and identifying information secret can help prevent financial fraud. But even if you do everything right, a hacker can destroy all your efforts.

There are several things you can do right now. Protect your online reputation as you would protect your real-life reputation. Be aware of your choices and their safety implications. It is as important as being aware of cars when crossing a road. And lastly, practice constant vigilance.

Please feel free to visit the library for more information. If you would like to check out one or more books from the display, we will be happy to help you.

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