When signing up online for freebies, coupons, and contests, you’re often asked for a lot of personal information that may result in spam, junk mail, and unwanted calls.
While you may not want to miss that call or email telling you that you won a sweepstakes, you also don’t want to wade through larges amounts of junk when quickly checking your email.
Protect Your Privacy Online
1. Get a dedicated email address. Sign up for a free email address with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, or Hotmail and use that email only when signing up for freebies, coupons, and other online offers. Don’t forget to check it at least once a week to make sure you didn’t win a contest!
2. Get a voice-only phone number. Sign up with Google Voice to get a free phone number where people can leave messages. While you can’t make calls from it, you can send unwanted calls there and still not miss if they call to notify you that you’ve won a contest. Again, don’t forget to check it once a week. If you’d like a Google alternative, try K7.
3. Read permissions. When grabbing a great freebies on Facebook, many glide through the permissions not bothering to read them. Stop and look, because you not realize what you are handing over online.
4. Check your Facebook permissions. Facebook is changing all the time. Stop and take the time to check your Facebook permission. While when you agree to hand over your information to a company, you can stop your friends from handing over your information.
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