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Your information should stay your property, and you should be able to decide who does what with it when job searching.

What information are they getting?

There’s obviously some pretty typical information required if you are looking for work, but you should question a site that requires information like your social security number. If information like your street address is not required, consider whether it’s necessary.

If the requested information seems suspicious to you, investigate before submitting your data.

Where is that information going/being stored?

All websites do not provide the same level of security. When you access a site, pay attention to whether it’s a secure site, whether the company provides information about their security, and whether they discuss how they store your personal information.

If a site begins with “https” instead of “http,” it is secured through a validation process that results in the site receiving an SSL Certificate. Your information is secured as you enter and submit it through your web browser.