PII – Personally Identifiable Information

Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is information or data that can be used to distinguish or identify an individual’s identity and unique details about a person. One of the most common examples of a process which utilizes PII is Credit. In order to apply for a credit card, for instance, you need to fill out a document and give away your date of birth and social security number.

The Chief Information Office of the NAVY defines the term as:

“Information about an individual that identifies, links, relates, or is unique to, or describes him or her, e.g., a social security number; age; military rank; civilian grade; marital status; race; salary; home phone numbers; other demographic, biometric, personnel, medical, and financial information, etc. Such information is also known as personally identifiable information (i.e., information which can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity, such as their name, social security number, date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name, biometric records, including any other personal information which is linked or linkable to a specified individual).”

Some of the most common criteria for identifying a person’s information are:

  1. e-mail address
  2. individual’s full name
  3. home address
  4. date of birth and birthplace
  5. passport number
  6. telephone number
  7. social security number
  8. IP address
  9. mother’s maiden name
  10. login credentials
  11. driver’s license number
  12. credit card numbers

Protecting Personally Identifiable Information:

Many Enterprises have tighten up their security measures in order to protect PII. There is a great level or risk for an individual who has lost their personal information including fradulent activity, identity theft, and financial loss.

Beware of:

Phising Websites – Websites masked portraying who they are not
Use Unique Passwords
Activate and Renew Antivirus
Keep your Personal Information Safe
Secure Your Wireless Network

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