I'm worried about giving out my information. What if something goes wrong?

Requested and Answered by LinuxGuy on 28-Aug-2011 10:39

I'm worried about giving out my information. What if something goes wrong?

The reality of this situation is that your basic info is already out there; it's in so many databases you have absolutely no control over that it's not even funny. Many of these databases will have a security breach eventually (if they haven't already), so it really doesn't do you any good to try and keep your basic info to yourself.

If you don't feel comfortable completing an offer or signing up for a freebie then simply skip that one! You always choose when and what information you want to share. Besides, the worst that could happen is you sign up for a fake freebie and get some check fraud scam in the mail, or something stupid like that. On the very rare occasion that's happened, I've actually had a good laugh, because the fraudsters paid for the postage, and most of them are paying to send from outside the country, so it's certainly not cheap. You really have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

The things you should probably only give to P2S are your primary email address, and your home and/or cell number(s). It's easy to create a free alternate email address for doing offers/freebies, so that way your primary doesn't get spammed. The best thing to do about unwanted/untimely phone calls is to get a free local number from Google Voice, which will give you total call control! Check out the ECP P2S Tutorial for more tips.

The only other things worth mentioning are that you should never give out your Social Security Number (SSN) without being absolutely sure it's a legitimate business you trust, and you should be careful not to use the same password for offers/freebies that you use on important accounts. That's really all there is to it!

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