Search for yourself - meaning discover just what information is out there, run a search on yourself. Type your name into the search engine - with quotation marks and without - and include keywords such as your address, phone number, email addresses, job title, company, and alma mater.
I was really shocked the information that came up with my name in it. Alot of the information was old like 10 to 11 years old!
You should look at the information you find on yourself the way a hacker would. Is there enough information for someone to put together your life? If so there are some things you need to do.
- Use passphrases instead of passwords: Long passwords are more secure since they take longer to crack.
- Stay up-to-date: Be sure you're running the latest version of all your software - including your antivirus program.
- Prioritize accounts: Create unique passwords only for accounts that contain sensitive information - Like your email, online banking, and social networking accounts.