Is Your Personal and Private Information Safe Online?

mailboxes-online-safetyMy friend and I were out walking our dogs the other day and a neighbor called us over to borrow a cell phone. The mailbox for the street had been broken into — the door wide open revealing all the empty personal mail boxes.

I imagined all the stolen mail and the chaos it would cause — credit card statements, phone bills, Christmas gifts and checks… I felt terrible for my affected neighbors. I have had my van broken into and my purse stolen before. Credit cards, money, Social Insurance Numbers, Health Care Numbers, etc. It was terrible!

As I walked home, I thought about our lives online — and the panic people have about shopping, banking, and sharing personal information online.

I live my life online. Like most of you, I bank, shop, work, run businesses, blog, tweet, Facebook, etc., and I do it all “risking” my private personal information and online safety.

But really — how “risky” is this lifestyle???

Sure, there are experts who will have you ready to unplug and move to the woods, but do we have to live in fear…


Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
You can find me at: @5minutesformom, @janicecroze and


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