Do you worry about protecting your identity online? We do. It isn’t just a “thing” that happens sometimes-data theft can and has happened to many corporations and databanks- big and small. We need to educate ourselves and be aware so that if something does come up, we’ve taken steps to protect ourselves and also to know what to do if something occurs.
For me, I can’t even get the “Do Not Call” registry to work. Somehow, we still manage to get calls daily from telemarketers. They are all “exempt” somehow from the registry. What makes me most frustrated is that I don’t give out our home phone number to many places- almost always my cell phone. So I am not sure how it is they are getting our home number in the first place. So I know I need some help. I haven’t given up on the do not call registry..maybe this year will be the year it works.
Do you know that there are services out there that you can pay for who will not only protect your identity online, but also prevent unwanted mail offers from coming to your house (this is a big one for me. My TWO year old gets junk mail addressed to her!), block telemarketer calls to your home, and also continually remove your data from sites that sell it to prevent further sharing of your personal information. Services that offer annual rates, that will monitor and alert you if something may come up that can compromise your online reputation.
We all know we’re supposed to have passwords with numbers, characters and letters, some upper case, some lower case, and not to use the same password for multiple sites, etc. But how much DO we know? How much do YOU know about your reputation management? What ways do YOU protect your identity online?
My biggest question is, how do we best protect our children -not just for the immediate future, but in the long term, so that they learn from us before making a mistake that could be quite costly?