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How do I know what information I am supposed to provide online when filling out forms? How much is too much information?

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How do I know what information I am supposed to provide online when filling out forms? How much is too much information?

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answered 2016-01-14 16:33:13 -0600

Sometimes we don’t really have a choice about putting our personal information online. Many government functions, such as applying for benefits, are conducted over the Internet now. We may also have online accounts with our banks and health providers, or to request financial aid for school, or to apply for a job. Government agencies and financial institutions are much less likely to ask you to provide information that will compromise your safety.

In other situations, we have options about whether we need to conduct a transaction online or not. Use your judgment about whether you should trust a website that’s asking for your Social Security number or credit card information. And remember that you don’t need to trust every website with equal amounts of information. You can choose not to give your real name when you open a new email account, or not to give your real birthday when you create a profile on a social networking site. With your doctor’s office, it’s a different story!

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