FTC Commissioner Julie Brill Shares The Best Ways To Protect Your Online Privacy

04/02/2015 05:56 pm ET

If you've ever entered personal information into an online contest, your data is probably being used in ways you didn't expect, according to Julie Brill, a commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission. In the video above, Brill shares with HuffPost Live tips for protecting your online presence, from staying on top of your credit score to checking the privacy settings on your social media profiles.

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    Hackers took control of Fox News' Twitter account on the morning of 4 July 2011, and posted: "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much."
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