Protecting your personal information can help reduce your risk of identity theft. Privacy is increasingly rare these days, that’s because your personal information, including your email address, phone number and social security number, are worth a lot of money to legitimate business and criminals alike.

Here are some easy tips on how to keep your valuable personal information:

  1. Activate your automatic updates. They often contain correction/updates to stop viruses and hackers from taking advantage of weak spots in an application or your operating system.
  2. Be careful when it comes to location services. Do not automatically accept location services for all your applications. Choose wisely which ones are allowed to use it.
  3. Lock your laptops and phones. Whether you lose your electronic device or it is stolen, at least give people a hard time by locking them and choosing a difficult password.
  4. Keep your password private. Don’t write your password on a post-it that you keep near your computer or keep a file on your computer named password.
  5. Cover your cameras. Unfortunately, it is possible to use a camera from a distance. This is especially important if you have kids or if you like to watch movies or listen to music in bed or while changing.
  6. Before you dispose of a computer, get rid of all personal information and use a wipe utility program to overwrite the entire hard drive.