Privacy and cybersecurity are often thought of as the same thing.  While there are definitely similarities, both privacy and cybersecurity are equally important.  In the online world, we are usually discussing information privacy, which is generally thought of as the right to have some control over how your personal information is collected, shared, and used.

When privacy is not a priority, for businesses and consumers alike, it can lead to the unwanted exposure of information.  Sometimes this information can be used to commit identity theft. Because of this, the ITRC strives to educate victims and inform consumers about the necessity to protect personal information. Below you will find information on how you can protect your privacy and your personal information.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 103: Online Shopping

Fact Sheet 119: Direct Connections to the Internet – Protecting Yourself and Your Information

Fact Sheet 138: Social Networking and Identity Theft

Fact Sheet 142: Protecting Your Computer from WiFi Danger

Fact Sheet 144: Smartphone Safety

Fact Sheet 146: Smartphone Privacy and Security


Solution 13: Protecting Information on the Internet

Solution 14: Protecting Your Online Identity

Solution 19: File Sharing P2P Software Safety

Solution 32: Strong Passwords

Solution 33: Securing Your Home Wireless Network

Solution 37: Doxing and Internet Safety Tips


Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

National Cyber Security Alliance

National Consumers League


If you have questions on any of the materials or a question which is not answered here, please feel free to call and speak to a victim advisor at 888.400.5530, LiveChat with us or email us.