What Can You Do?

When you go on a business trip, you or the businesses you come into contact with might routinely take precautions to protect your identity and possessions. Hotels no longer put room numbers on room keys; when you pay at a restaurant using a credit card, you make sure to take your copy of the receipt with you; the message on your home answering machine might say you’re not available, but you’ve learned never to announce that you’re out of town for two weeks.

If you use this same logic on the Internet, you can see that there are simple ways to protect your online anonymity and help keep you safer as you move around the Web. The two essential elements to protecting yourself online are to consider what you are sharing and with whom ...

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