In recognition of the
fifth occurrence of Data Privacy Day, Maryland Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler encourages consumers to be aware of how their privacy
can be compromised on the Internet and other technological platforms.
"Too often, consumers learn that their privacy has been invaded after it
happens," said Attorney General Gansler. "The information we enter
online has the potential to be used for purposes we may not have
intended. By learning how websites and third parties obtain our personal
information and how they might use it can go a long way towards
protecting ourselves from identity theft and other data breaches."
Attorney General Gansler urges consumers to take the following simple
steps to help secure personal information that may be communicated
and understand the privacy settings on social networking services to
ensure information is accessible to only intended users
Think carefully before posting
pictures, videos and other identifying information you post online.
Never post your home address,
email address, phone numbers, passwords or other sensitive information
on social forums.
Don't respond to emails, friend
requests, Twitter messages or other communications from unknown senders,
particularly those that request personal information.
Report any suspicious activity to
a site's webmaster and to proper law enforcement authorities, if
Don't access your personal
information on unsecured wireless networks.
Check that your anti-virus and
spyware software is up to date and scan your computer for threats on a
Make sure your passwords are
strong and don't share them with anyone.