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Consumer Reports believes digital innovation brings many benefits to consumers. But that innovation also carries new threats to personal privacy and data security. In our recent nationally representative CR Consumer Voices Survey, 65 percent of Americans told us they are either slightly or not at all confident that their personal data is private and not distributed without their knowledge. To help you navigate the complexities, this guide highlights risks, solutions—and easy-to-follow tips to protect you and your family.

Why Protecting Your Data Matters


Consumer Reports to Evaluate Products, Services for Privacy

Home Depot Data Leak Exposes Consumer Privacy Protection Gap

The Privacy Threat in Your Used Car

WikiLeaks Says the CIA Listened in on Samsung Smart TVs

Hackers Targeting Amazon Third-Party Sellers

4 Things You Should Know About WikiLeaks' Dump of CIA Documents

How Outdated Router Firmware Puts You at Risk

Solutions & Ways to Stay Safe


A Closer Look at the TVs From the CIA 'Vault 7' Hack

How to Protect Children's Online Privacy

How to Use Facebook Privacy Settings

Your Guide to the Encryption Debate

Quick Tip Videos


Try a Temporary Email

Turn on Your Firewall

Cover Your Webcam

Use a 6-Digit PIN

Two-Factor Authentication

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