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August 9, 2011

Smart surfing online: How to maintain your privacy

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BIRMINGHAM —

Be careful when using social networking sites. If you’re an avid Facebooker, you should definitely take the time to customize your privacy settings. Change your settings to “Friends Only” in an effort to keep your personal information under wraps. According to the Federal Trade Commission, millions of people become victims of identity theft every year. Your personal information can lead an identity thief directly to your financial accounts and credit records. 

Watch out for cookies. No, not the chocolate chip kind. Cookies keep track of your log-in information for various sites that you may frequent often and are harmless most of the time. There are cookie management systems that can delete old cookies and filter out the bad. Updating this type of protective software is often key to maintaining your privacy. 

Monitor your children. It is important to learn from a young age the guidelines for revealing personal information online. Teach your kids not to give out this type of information without your permission. Net Nanny, an Internet filtration software, provides both parental controls and computer cleaning to keep your kids and your computer safe. 

Information provided by getsafeonline.org and onguardonline.gov. 

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