WHAT TO DO
BEWARE OF PASSIVE DISCLOSURE
We’re constantly divulging our own data, clicking “yes” to agreements that give up our phone numbers, search history, geolocation information, IP address, computer operating system and ads clicked on. Don’t let convenience overshadow security. Most of the time, we don’t even know what we’re revealing.
BE STINGIER ABOUT ACTIVE DISCLOSURE
Mail-in rebates, product registrations, coupons, credit requests and discount cards often ask for a phone number. Vanderburg warned that “this information is stored in databases and sold,” and too often, it’s hacked.
DON’T PLAY AROUND
What Pokémon character are you? What would your Star Wars name be? What celebrity do you most resemble? You’re likely to be lured into divulging information that can come back to haunt you, Vanderburg said.
ASK THIS HIGHSTAKES QUESTION
Every time you’re asked to give up your cellphone number, ask this: “What would I do if the request were for my Social Security number?” If you wouldn’t give that number out freely, don’t disclose your phone number.