Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How to Protect Your Privacy

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

How to Protect Your Privacy

Article excerpt

Our digitally connected world provides consumers with opportunities to be engaged with global communities, be educated and entertained, and shop with ease. But those opportunities carry some risks, too -- of intrusions, and threats from criminals.

To help consumers stay safe online, Consumer Reports worked with dozens of security experts to put together an extensive guide covering everything from passwords for laptops and smartphones to ways to keep web-connected devices from leaking private data.

Here are some expert tips compiled by Consumer Reports:

Be password loyal. People tell you to change passwords regularly. Don't, unless there's a good reason, such as responding to a data breach.

Stop ID theft after a death. Identity theft affects 2.5 million estates every year, according to the IRS. …

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