Your privacy is your privacy, no matter whether you’re talking about anything from your social security number to your bank pin code or anything else that can swept out from underneath you and used again you as far as your identity is concerned.
Computer privacy, when this discussion rises to the forefront, is almost always the center of attention and trying to mitigate exactly how safe (or unsafe) you are is pertains to keeping everything on your PC and what you use it for totally untouchable by the average hacker or someone that is a little more adept at stealing your identity.
One overlooked tip is to keep you email address away from anything that would be considered more of a sales ploy (such as mass emails or marketing lists) or anything else that you might want to do that is more flippant than your average, work related or banking related email for instance.
The better option is to pick an email address that is a throwaway account of sorts, one you use for things such as the aforementioned items and isn’t one you have connected to any sort of personal information that you might be entering into your PC.
As far as personal emails or information of that ilk, you might want to consider using your home computer more so than a work one. The work one is fine, but not if you aren’t aware of the kind of protection the server has and just how easily it can be compromised. My work, for instance, is secured through a VPN sign in that has to be done by a company employee and the WiFi is always password protected (another aspect you can’t overlook for computer privacy).
That VPN allows me to feel more comfortable using a work computer for personal information; some companies aren’t quite as secure, although the resident IT person might say otherwise. The fact remains is that if you’re not sure, then you shouldn’t be checking your bank statement or account balances online, among other things.
Finally, and the most obvious, is stop giving out your email or opening up and relying to spam accounts and emails. And you might be thinking, who in the world still pays attention to spam or even remotely entertains the idea of reading it, but you’d be surprised to find that the average person still dabbles in the decadence that is spam emails.
Your privacy is paramount, and you don’t want anything related to it compromised, but you have to look at fixing the little things, the small parts, to make an overall, large scale change to just how wide open your identity truly is.