Online security and privacy concerns with social media sites such as Facebook have led users to question which websites they trust with their personal information. Better Business Bureau serving Southeast Texas (BBB) provides consumers with questions they should ask before disclosing personally identifiable information on any website.
“The Internet is a resource for sharing information and you are the best protector of your privacy by controlling what information you share,” said Michael Clayton, President and CEO of BBB in Southeast Texas. “The first thing to consider before disclosing personal information online is whether or not you want that information public. If not, then the best solution is to keep that information offline. After determining what content you will share, research how a site will use your personal information now, and if they will let you know when changes are made in the future.”
BBB suggests consumers get answers to the following questions before providing their information to any online shopping, social networking or location-based website to keep their personal information safe:
- What information is collected? Will the site collect your demographic information if you provide it? Will it track your habits and what pages you visit?
- How is the information used? Will it be shared with a third-party advertiser? Will other users have access to this information if they have an account with the same social media site? Will your spending habits with an online shopping site be shared with advertisers?
- Who will have access to the information? Does the site share the consumer’s information with other sites online, other companies, or with affiliates within the same corporate family?
- What security measures are used to protect your personal information? Security measures should be used to keep the user’s personal information, including login and password, safe.
For more information on staying safe online, visit http://southeasttexas.bbb.org/consumer-tips-technology/.