Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Commonly referred to as PII, personally identifiable information is any data someone can use to identify a specific person. PII typically refers to:
- Social security numbers
- Driver's license numbers
- Date and place of birth
- Credit card information
- Medical records
- Banking and financial records
- Employment records
- And more!
It is extremely important to protect this data from unauthorized users, so that it cannot be used to stalk, steal, or commit fraud.
What is data privacy?
The process of collecting, sharing, and protecting data while also safeguarding PII.
Protect Yourself—and Your Data
Institutions like banks, hospitals, retail stories, and schools all have advanced ways of protecting you and your information. But remember, you also play a part in keeping your data safe:
- Install antivirus and anti-spyware programs from a trusted source.
- Keep all software up to date. Regularly install updates for all your software and subscribe to automatic updates wherever possible.
- Be cautious of what and how much you share. It’s best not to share sensitive or confidential information.
- Create separate user accounts. Consider setting up separate user accounts with limited rights separate from administrator account.
- Dispose of sensitive information appropriately rather than throwing them away.
- Destroy digital data when no longer in use. Ensure the data on a computer system, hard drive, CD, DVD, etc. is completely destroyed before you dispose.
- Use passwords and encrypt sensitive files