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Be careful what you share
Has online social networking replaced your holiday
letter to friends and loved ones? Be careful what you
You probably don’t want everyone to know that
you’re going away for the holidays, or for how long.
But by posting such information online, you may be
doing just that – and putting your property at risk.
Here are some tips to make sure that you share with
Limit the personal information you share online
to only what’s necessary. Be careful about using
your last name, contact information, home
address, phone numbers, e-mail address, last
names of friends or relatives, age, birth date or
other personal information.
Check out the privacy and security settings of
your social network and use them to control who
sees what. Most have default settings which likely
provide more access than you’d like. You can
adjust settings to the highest-possible level to
protect your information and control who can see
personal details (rather than “everyone” or “friends
of friends”).
Be cautious about details in photographs that
you post or share. Photographs can reveal a lot
of personal information when there are clearly
identifiable details such as street signs, licence
plates on cars, or the name of a school on
Protect while you connect. More information is
available online at
Think about security for your
new smartphone or tablet
If you are one of the many Canadians getting a new mobile device
this holiday season, you will probably be eager to yank off the
gift wrap and start using it right away. Today’s smartphones and
tablets do a lot more than phone calls and text messages. The
ability to go online makes them all the more convenient and
fun, but it also opens the door to cyber criminals. So before you
unwrap that new gift, make sure that you’re aware of the risks and
what to do about them.
Here are some useful tips:
Enable your new device’s password auto-lock immediately, so
that it always locks after a short period of inactivity.
Avoid connecting to unknown or non-password-protected
Wi-Fi networks, even if they are private. An unsecure wireless
network can compromise your information, including your
contact list, as well as give someone else use of your data
Be aware that mobile phishing (fake e-mails that impersonate
a friend or trusted organization) is a growing threat with
e-mails and sites that may be harder to spot on small screens.
Think carefully about what you absolutely need to store on
your mobile device, and erase everything else. If it’s lost or
stolen, you could be placing personal information in someone
else’s hands.
Protect while you connect. More information is available online at
Don’t just give,
give wisely
If you are like millions of Canadians, giving to charity is important to you, but choosing the right charity is not always easy.
With the launch of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) Charity Quick View and Imagine Canada’s Charity Focus, researching
information about more than 85,000 registered charities has become much easier.
Charity Quick View is a new display tool that uses graphs and tables to provide a summary of a registered charity’s activities,
revenues and expenditures. It was developed with donor input, is easier to understand and provides users with the key
information which they want.
Charity Focus is a tool sponsored by the CRA and developed by Imagine Canada. It provides an in-depth year-to-year
comparison of financial information. Charities may also elect to upload documents that would not be available on the CRA
website, such as mission statements, program information, annual reports and financial statements.
More information is available at