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Online Privacy

No matter your career, your health, privacy, and career go hand in hand. Before providing any financial information, make sure that your online privacy is protected.

Simple Tips to Protect Your Privacy

The most effective way to protect your privacy is to know who you are dealing with when providing any personal information over the internet.

OnGuard Online is a government website that provides the best government and industry practices for maintaining your safety online. To ensure your personal privacy, OnGuard Online recommends that you:

  • Know who’s on the other end. Make sure you know who you are dealing with and that the website is secure.
  • Consider the source. Some sources of health information are better than others. A general rule of thumb is that government websites (sites that end in .gov) and university or medical school websites (sites that end in .edu) are good sources.
  • Only buy prescription drugs from licensed U.S. pharmacies. Pharmacies should require a prescription, have a licensed pharmacist to answer questions, and provide a physical business address and phone number.
  • Talk with your doctor before buying health-related products online. Many sites provide information that seems promising but may actually be fraudulent or harmful to your health. Always check with your doctor to discuss the effectiveness and risks associated with certain diets, weight loss products, drugs, and vitamins.
  • Report online fraud. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, file a complaint with the FTC.

Additional Information

  • has prepared the Guide to Staying Safe While Shopping Online, a cybersecurity guide that focuses on managing online footprints and recognizing threats while shopping online.
  • Learn more about cyberbullying with this Guide to Cyberbullying (via the National Council for Home Safety and Security). The guide features helpful information for parents, including an overview of cyberbullying on various social media sites and advice for reporting cyberbullying to schools.
  • Visit StaySafeOnline to get clear explanations of potential online security problems and your options to solve them. You can also find help to protect your devices, learn how to keep your devices clean, protect your personal information, and educate your kids. You can also learn tips about online shipping, smartphone safety, and more.