The White Pages
The white pages have evolved over the years. At first, when somebody said that they needed to look someone up in the white pages, it meant that they had to grab a book that was thousands of pages long to find that person's number. The thickness of the book started to become a thing of reference when talking about things that were really thick.
Today, the white pages are rarely used. Google has pretty much taken over as the place to go to find out information. But for those who don't have access to the internet, the white pages are one of their few options (the other being 411 or some other kind of information service you can access by phone).
When the white pages book originally came out, all the numbers were land lines and mostly publicly available numbers. You could have owned a private line, but the need for privacy what still in its early stages. As people started using their mobile phones (or cell phones) as their primary phone, the companies that provided access to these numbers had a problem in that these cell phone numbers were mostly private.
As time goes on, the need to keep your personal information, private, increases. It's not that your personal information is more important today, it's that your personal information can be more easily shared and therefore more easily stolen today. Before the internet, if you tore up your physical documents which held your private information or kept them in a safe place, then you were doing a good job of protecting your personal information. But today, information has evolved and now you have to do more than just tear up your documents. To be proactive about protecting your personal information, you have to do things like coming up with complex passwords for your online accounts and change them every so often. Here are some other tips:
- Use different usernames and passwords for different online accounts
- Change these passwords every 3 months
- Clear the cookies in your browser every month
- Avoid the "remember me" feature
- Use an encrypted password sheet to remember your passwords and hide it
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card