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Questions tagged [persec]

PERSEC or Personal Security is protecting your personal information and is closely related to OPSEC.

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Is it bad practice to use your real name online?

On some accounts I use my real name on-line (Google+/Facebook/Wikipedia/personal blog), others (Q&A/Gaming) I use an alias. My question is: Security and privacy wise, what can people do with my ...
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Convince people not to share their password with trusted others

IT workers are usually trusted by their family members who readily share passwords (Facebook, email, twitter, you-name-it!) so they can get easy help to set what-ever-parameter they don't find or ...
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How dangerous is it to reveal your date of birth, and why?

At some point I told a friend that it's dangerous to reveal your birth date (kind of like your social security number or your mother's maiden name), because it's a crucial piece of information for ...
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How should high net worth individuals secure their financial accounts?

I try to follow account security best-practices (strong random passwords, password manager, multi-factor authentication, etc.) but I still find myself worried about potential compromises to my ...
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I'm leaving my job and want to erase as many personal details etc. as possible; any tips?

Obviously this is very open-ended. But, I'm just paranoid about people going through everything on my laptop after I leave my job. Here are the things I'm planning to do: Completely wipe all browser ...
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2 factor authentication, fob management

I love the idea of 2 factor authentication but how can I make sure I'm not caught in the wind without such keys? I thought about switching to a fob for services that support it. Is there a fob that I ...
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Why should relatively-public personal identifying information be kept secret online if at all?

I don't want to get hung up on technical terms, just laying out basics for this question: I understand personal identifying information (PII) as that info which is not apparent to people who cross ...
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Is there a way to answer security questions privately while in public?

Is there a strategy for answering security questions via telephone modestly securely while in an insecure environment? For example: I am at a coffee shop and am locked out of my account, I call the ...