Privacy Toolkit

These days, it’s uncommon if you don’t know someone who has been affected by a scam, has been the target of identity theft, or has been compromised online.

People define privacy in many ways, but one important aspect is controlling your personal information, or in other words, being able to choose who knows what about you. In a world where many of your activities are recorded, perfect privacy is unlikely. Chances are, you’re expected to use the Internet for your job or in your personal life. But even if you don’t go online, your activities are being tracked and recorded. Whether a security camera tracks your progress through the mall, or your computer shares information about its identity when you visit a website, your activities leave footprints that others can follow. As a result, online privacy is a concern for everyone.

Take a Privacy Course

Lynda.com: Online Privacy Classes

Visit our homepage, click on the yellow Lynda.com box, and type in your library card number and PIN to start learning about privacy on Lynda.com. Once logged in, type in “privacy” to start learning.

Stay Informed: Recommended Articles

No one imagines it happening to them, but all kinds of people can experience identity theft or be taken advantage of by people acting fraudulently. These resources will help you guard against defrauders and guide you through the necessary actions should you become a victim of this kind of crime.

What is Online Privacy?, from the San Jose Public Library

Online privacy tips:  3 ways to control your digital privacy footprint, from PCC World

How to protect yourself from identity theft, from USA.gov

Report identity (ID) theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) online at IdentityTheft.gov or by phone at 1-877-438-4338.

Register for the Do Not Call Registry – Register on the National Do Not Call Registry’s page. You will need to provide your email address and up to three phone numbers.

Get a Free Credit Report – Visit annualcreditreport.com or call 1-877-322-8228

Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors, from the National Council on Aging

Creating Strong Passwords, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Stay Informed: Recommended Websites

The Federal Trade Commission
If you believe you’re a victim of identity theft, act quickly and follow the Federal Trade Commission’s clear, easy steps on what to do.

OnGuardOnline.gov
This site is designed to help consumers avoid a whole range of scams, from text message scams, to online scams, to money transfer scams, and more.