The full Hotline.ie Press Release is available here.
“Frivolities aside, whether daily, weekly or monthly activities, these have one thing in common: our Personal Data.
Whereas we all realise that banking PINs and transactions are Personal Data and we’re pretty careful not to disclose that information, users are often oblivious to the Personal Data they are potentially sharing when they sign up to many other services.
Paul Durrant CEO of ISPAI and Manager of Hotline.ie says, “there is no such thing as “small” pieces of personal information as “small” pieces can be pieced together to build a much bigger picture. Each one of us should bear in mind that on the Internet “Private” is often still Public.”
A study conducted by iReach Market Research in April 2014 showed that 65% of Irish adults are concerned about giving their Personal Data online.
ISPAI Hotline.ie has compiled the following list of tips to help Internet Users of all ages protect their Personal Data:
When receiving unexpected eMails or phone calls from Service Providers requesting to perform any activity involving Personal Data always verify the identity of the sender / caller before following the instructions.
Ensure that any website requiring Confidential/Personal Data is using a secure connection. Always look for https and a pad-lock in the address bar of the browser window. Also, pay attention to error messages that the browser gives when it says a site cannot be trusted.
Always read or at least glance over Terms & Conditions and Disclaimers before engaging or providing personal information.
Install and update anti-virus software to restrict unauthorized access to data and protect that data from corruption. Ensure that security features, including a firewall are turned on, set to automatic scan and updated regularly to protect against the latest threats.
Establish a separate eMail account that can be used to sign up to websites and social networks.
Take care of the type of personal information you disclose on Social Networking sites, etc.
If you find key Personal Data posted on the Internet without your consent demand that it be removed by the owner of the site.
Always ensure that all the information is completely erased from old devices (PCs, laptops, phones etc.) before disposing of them.
Never write down secret pins or passwords. Change passwords on a regular basis.
Monitor your bank account / credit card statements regularly and immediately query any inconsistency with your Bank.
Do not give Personal Data over the phone, Internet or by mail, unless you are the one who made contact and you know for sure that you are dealing with the right entity.