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Make Data Security Part of Your Routine

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Yesterday was Data Privacy Day, and though it’s just one day a year, we hope you’ll make data security part of your regular routine.

Every day, you do things to protect what's most important to you — like locking your front door to prevent someone from breaking into your home. You can also take steps to protect your personal information from identity thieves — online and off — by adding some data privacy habits to your routine.

Here are some tips:

  • Know who you share information with, and be alert to impersonators.
  • Keep your passwords private, and don’t overshare information on social networking sites.
  • Store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number.
  • Maintain up-to-date security on your computers and other devices

Sometimes, you do all you can to keep your information from falling into the wrong hands, but it happens anyway. The FTC recently announced a new data security case, in which a company failed to protect the personal information of nearly 300,000 customers.

If you believe your information could have been compromised because of a data breach, check out our video on identity theft.



I am in the process of refinancing my mortgage as I'm sure many people are. Part of the required documentation is a form called the "Borrower's Certification & Authorization" which provides, in relevant part, that the named entity can share all of my private information - including W-2s, bank account information, address, etc. - with "any investor" who this company "may" do business with. When I called the company on this I was told my information was protected by the data privacy act. When I asked them to change the form to reflect the promises he was making he said that this was a standard form required by Fannie Mae. If that's the case then I think FM needs to be told to change their forms. If that's not the case, this company has some explaining to do.

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