Some steps you can take to control your personal information include:
give out as little personal information as possible. If you are being asked for your birth date, e-mail address, or other details, ask why. Don't provide it if you don't have to.
think carefully before posting information about yourself online to avoid regrets later.
know how your personal information will be used. Ask questions and read privacy policies.
ensure your computer has the newest version of your Internet browser.
install up-to-date software and virus protection on your computer and make sure your wireless network is secure.
secure mobile devices with hard-to-guess passwords and avoid storing sensitive information on them.
shred documents with personal information before recycling.
How else can I protect my privacy?
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has many resources and guides on a range of topics from preventing identity theft to tips for parents, all geared towards helping you protect your privacy. Visit their site for more information.