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Monday
Jan282013

Data Privacy Day: Cyber Security Experts Call for Better Online Protection

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Coming up with and remembering yet another password can be quite a task.  But Monday is the day to do it.

Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day.  It's an effort by cyber security experts to remind people about protecting their personal information online.

"What we want people to do is take all the good habits that they have offline, and transfer that to the online environment," says Scott Vernick of the Philadelphia law firm Fox Rothschild, which handles data security cases.

He suggests using multiple passwords as a key step in protecting yourself online.

"Making sure that you are, you know, not just using the same password for every device, or for every account you have online.  But, using different ones, even though that's obviously more cumbersome and more awkward in changing them frequently," Vernick says.

If you do become the victim of identity theft, Vernick says you should first work on protecting your credit.

"Immediately what I would do is...I would contact one of the credit reporting agencies and I would put...ask them to put a freeze on all your accounts," he says.

You should then call your credit card companies, followed by a call to the police, Vernick advises.

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