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Check your privacy - Cyber Smart 2019

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We’re big on privacy here at Trade Me so as an official partner of Cyber Smart Week we’re keen for our members to be privacy-focused too.

Last year we had the great honour of being awarded the Privacy Trust Mark by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for our transparency reports.

Part of our transparency reporting and being straight-up about privacy is that our members know what - if anything - is going on with their information.

We all love to share the cool stuff that’s going on in our lives - pictures with our mates, our cute pets, a sweet holiday we’ve been on. The truth is though that in doing this, we’re putting a bunch of data online that can be used by attackers.

While we know we’re doing the right thing by our members and their info here at Trade Me, we know that this isn’t always the case elsewhere. To protect your privacy online, we reckon it’s important to know what you're sharing and who you're sharing it with. The platforms that you’re using should have a solid privacy policy you can check out.

CERT gives some great tips for being more privacy-centric, and a good approach is to only share personal information online when you know:

  • who’s asking for it, and
  • why they want it.

All of your data and what you choose to do online creates a digital footprint that generally can’t be undone. Once you’ve let the proverbial internet cat out of the bag, it won’t be too keen to get back in there, so it’s important to be aware of how much of your online self you’re sharing and who you’re sharing it with.

Preventing this risk is easier than trying to undo it. Deal with companies that you trust so you can be confident that you can check up on the information that they hold on you. And before you post your next cute dog photo of family picture, take a moment to double check your privacy settings on your social media accounts.

Check out our earlier posts on updating your devices and using a password manager!