OCTOBER 4, 2013
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In This Issue

Security Spotlight
The True Cost of Social Media Post(s)

Security for Home Users
The Ins and Outs of Privacy Policies

Security for Business
Attackers Moving Inside Your Network



Security for Home Users

The Ins and Outs of Privacy Policies

If a social networking site keeps asking for your credit card number, then it’s probably not the kind of site you should be visiting.”



Most sites have privacy policies that protect users, but sometimes, they’re presented in a complicated way. To help remedy this, we created a primer of things you should look for in a site’s privacy policy. It will help you not only find out if your favorite site is treating your personal information right, but also check if it ensures your online privacy.

Your Information

  • Most sites collect information. But the kind of information they ask for should fit what kind of sites they are. If a social networking site keeps asking for your credit card number, then it’s probably not the kind of site you should be visiting.
  • Sites are legally bound to disclose the identities of people they share your information with such as advertisers or even government agencies. Read even the fine print in their privacy policies before making your decision.

Countermeasures

  • Look at registration forms. Are they asking a bit too much for your liking? Do they need to be verified or can you make up some of the required details? If the site’s asking for too many personal details, it may be asking for way too much.
  • Is the site secure? Sites that require personal information should always have some sort of built-in security feature such as using Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Their page URLs should start with https://, which signifies a secure connection. Otherwise, they’re at huge risk of cybercriminal infiltration.
  • Check if the site has privacy seals or certifications such as those from the Better Business Bureau, eTrust, and Trust Guard. These certify that a site adheres to certain privacy guidelines that help protect you.

Knowing where your personal information ends up in isn’t a bad thing. To keep your personal affairs private, take a look at “7 Things to Look for in Privacy Policies.”

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