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Technological advances in recent years have made it easier and cheaper than ever to share information. This has produced many benefits for society and individual consumers. For example, it's easier for the police to track down criminals, for the banks to protect against fraud, and for consumers to learn about new products and services. However, these same advancements make our personal information much more accessible to the world as a whole. Keeping your personal information private is very important in this era of  phishing  and  identity theft .  Visit these resources for helpful advice on protecting your privacy: