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Privacy tips for the holiday season

At this busy time of year it is easy to forget about protecting your privacy, but it’s just as important as ever!


  • Check the privacy policy and security of websites when you’re shopping online.
  • Be aware of how much personal information are you are giving away in exchange for special deals. Do they really need all that information to complete the transaction?
  • Pay your bills to avoid future credit problems. Late or missed payments may be included on your credit reporting file and could stop you obtaining credit in the future. Check out our fact sheet on changes to credit reporting.
  • Check privacy settings on your social networking and mobile sites. Who are you sharing those holiday snaps and messages with?
  • Create strong passwords, change them regularly and think about what personal information you are storing on your mobile or computer.

Staysmartonline runs an alert service that can help you stay on top of online scams, and you can read our Privacy law reform page to find out more about privacy and credit reporting changes that are coming soon.