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Holiday Internet Safety Tips – How Information is Spread and Collected

by Employee Emeritus ‎12-01-2010 04:16 PM - edited ‎12-01-2010 04:25 PM

Internet Safety for DummiesWith the holidays fast approaching I thought it might be time for a little brushing up on Internet safety tips. Often we tend to focus on youngsters to make sure their Internet experience is safe, but today I’d like to focus on older Americans as they get online perhaps for the first time.


Here is an excerpt from a booklet we commissioned by Linda Criddle of the Safe Internet Alliance and Nancy C. Muir from iLookBothWays to help seniors have a safe, fun and productive time online.


This week’s tip: 


How Information is Spread and Collected


Sharing personal information with friends and family enriches relationships.  Sharing personal information with untrustworthy people or companies is taking a big risk.


Criminals and bullies often collect information in a systematic way.  Each piece of personal information contributes to forming a picture of your life, emotions and finances, and may help to exploit you.


Fortunately, you have a great deal of control over your information exposure.  Be careful when sharing:


  • Addresses and phone numbers;
  • Names of family members (including mother’s maiden name), siblings, children & grandchildren.
  • Information about your personal property, work history, or financial status.


Check back regularly over the next few weeks. I plan to share more about how to keep everyone’s time on the Internet safe.


If you’d like a copy of the booklet, send us a request by leaving a comment below and we’ll be back in touch to get your address.


Happy Holidays! 

by joan2008 on ‎12-02-2010 07:22 PM

I would love a copy for my mom.  Thank you.


by Employee Emeritus on ‎12-02-2010 08:28 PM

And I would love to send you one!  I will send you a direct one-to-one e-mail shortly.  Please just respond to that e-mail with yours or your mother's address and I will send it along. 

by pmagri1 on ‎12-03-2010 11:55 AM

Hi Susan, I would like a copy! Thanks!

by bzbuechner54 on ‎12-03-2010 03:16 PM

I would like a copy of this.  Thanks.

by dthumann on ‎12-06-2010 12:59 PM

Hi Susan, i would like a copy as well.  Thanks

by enterpriseg on ‎12-09-2010 10:57 PM

i would like a copy as well please

by Employee Emeritus on ‎12-10-2010 10:13 AM

I'm happy to send one to you.  Look for a direct one-to-one email shortly. 



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