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Why You Should Think Twice About Signing Any Online Petition

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Your data may not be safe from third parties and scammers.

Unless you live on a desert island with a volleyball named Wilson, you’ve probably seen more than a few political petitions in the wake of the 2016 election. The issues are as various as the people circulating them, which is why I began to wonder: Are they safe?

The answer: Yes and no.

It doesn’t matter the cause, or whether or not you agree with it, your level of exposure is the same.

If you stop reading here, at least do this: Check out any website that offers a petition and before adding your name to the list, take the time to do some research. Make sure it’s not on the receiving end of complaints about scams, email spam or shoddy data security.

Finally, no legitimate petition site will ever ask you for your Social Security number, a bank account number or credit card number simply to sign their petition. If they do, log off. It’s likely a scam site.

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