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Personal information and privacy

Treat your personal information as you would treat your money—protect it and don't leave it lying around for others to take.

Personal and financial information are currency for cybercriminals online. With your stolen identity, a cybercriminal may be able to access your bank account or obtain credit cards or loans in your name and potentially ruin your credit rating. 

You need to be careful with how much personal information you reveal online. Sharing your address, phone number, birthday and other personal information can mean you are at a greater risk of identity theft, stalking and harassment. This includes information you post on social media. 

Cybercriminals can piece together your identity from information that is publicly available about you, so think about what information you are sharing online.