Using the Internet in the privacy of your own home can feel like a safe, private activity. However, the virtual world is not without its real-world dangers. Online predators can use leaked personal information to access other people’s bank accounts or bully unsuspecting teenagers. Consumers should exercise caution when they go online to ensure that their personal contact and financial information remains private. This section reviews the basics of online safety, including email privacy, the implications of posting pictures of your children online, an overview of "spam" email, online auction fraud, how to remain safe while shopping online, and other topics related to online safety.
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