What is PII?
PII stands for Personally Identifying Information. It refers to any personal information that can be used to identify a person on paper or online. For example, when you go to the doctor’s office, they may file your information based on last name, first initial and date of birth (DOB). Your last name and DOB are just two examples of PII you need to safeguard, since the more PII are out there, the more vulnerable you become online.Examples of PII
- Full name (including maiden name if you’re married)
- your DOB
- your children’s DOB
- Place of birth
- Parents full names (especially fathers middle name and mothers maiden name)
- social security number
- passport number
- driver’s license number
- car license plates
- security questions and their answers
- banking information such as CC numbers
How to Keep Your PII Safe
There are very easy steps you can take to protect your PII from falling into the wrong hands.
- Don’t post sensitive information on social media accounts.
- Be careful with your mail, even if it doesn’t seem important.
- Don’t use weak passwords online or reuse your passwords.
So if you’re feeling a little paranoid – good!
After all, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If you found this post helpful, please be sure to share it with your loved ones and acquaintances alike. Online security benefits us all, and will only become more critical as technology’s presence grows in our community.
Get informed. Stay safe.