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Protect Your Information

How many emails have you received this week telling you that your email has been exposed to unauthorized parties?  At this point, at least four companies have told me that Epsilon, a company that manages customer’s emails, has had a breach that puts me at risk for spam.  Epsilon is used by a wide variety of companies so there’s a good chance that you’ve received an email informing you about the breach.

At best, spam is an annoying part of internet life that you have to put up with from time to time.  At worst, it’s an invitation to have your identity, personal information and/or money stolen.  According to Consumer Reports, in 2009, 1 million households had lost money or had accounts misused as a result of phishing (the practice of trying to obtain sensitive information through fake emails that look trustworthy).

But there are several things you can do to protect yourself.  A Consumer Reports article lists 6 tips you should follow to protect yourself.  By taking some simple steps such as safeguarding your personal information and refraining from clicking on any links in any email, you can make sure you don’t become a victim.

For more ways to protect yourself, check out this article on Yahoo! from CBS moneywatch.com.   Make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your information and your money safe.

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