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The Real Deal: Online Privacy Protection
ALBANY - In light of the recent credit card breaches at Target, Niemen Marcus and the Desmond Hotel, you may be looking for ways to protect yourself a little better when using your credit or debit card to shop online. Advertisements for services that promise to shield your personal information and protect your credit card number have been popping up all over the internet but are they worth it?
When it comes to what we do on the internet, someone or at least their software is always watching. Unfortunately, privacy has really become a currency online today because everything you do is tracked and monitored and measured, says Reg Harnish of GreyCastle Security. But now there are dozens of sites that promise to block your email address, phone number and credit card information from nosy websites that track it and keep it on file. Basically, you would decide whether you want your real information disclosed or whether youd rather these sites mask it from a particular site. They do that by providing disposable email addresses or a gift-card type number to use when cashing out online instead of your real credit card number.
The Real Deal? If you want to remain discreet online, relying on one website that promises to help, probably isnt enough.