eSpotlight - Did you know... You Can Take Charge of Your Privacy? Part Two

Privacy building blocks

We're back...

...with more advice on how to take control of your privacy when you use eResources at the library. This is part two of four. Check back in two weeks for more tips and tricks.

Axis 360

Axis 360 is a great place to get eBooks! It only requires your library card number and PIN, though you may want to also enter your email address so that you can get hold notifications. Check out the video below for instructions on how to look at your account.

Beanstack

We've been using Beanstack to track the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program for some time, but we're also going to be using it for our Summer Learning Program in a few months. It's really easy to protect your (and your children's) information at Beanstack. The best place to start is when you sign up. Take a look at our tutorial on how to sign up with privacy in mind, or change your settings if you already have an account.

Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers some amazing resources for learning all sorts of subjects like coding, computer skills, management, business, and more. When you sign up you are asked for lots of information, but what you may not know is that everything but your barcode and PIN is optional! Take a look below.

Tutor.com

Tutor.com is great for kids looking for homework help, adults looking to enhance their job skills, and people looking to study for tests like the ACT, SAT, and Advanced Placement. Tutor.com is extremely mindful of your privacy and safety, and they make it easy to sign up using the least amount of personal information possible.

Pro Tips...

  • You should NEVER be asked for payment information or urged to buy anything when you use any of our eResources. If you do get solicitations, requests for money, or requests for personal information that make you uncomfortable, contact us ASAP!
  • Just because an eResource asks for information, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to give it. Look for indications that information is optional. Usually, information you must provide is marked with an asterisk or is color coded in some way. If in doubt, try leaving fields blank! If you have to fill them in, the system will let you know.
  • You are in charge of your privacy! If you don't like the information that an eResource is gathering, tell us. We will do our best to determine why that piece of information is being collected, and if it's even necessary.

Got questions? We've got answers!

Feel free to contact us. We will happily answer any questions you have!

We're always open!

Don't forget! You can find help, tips, and links to other resources at our eBooks, eMedia, and eLearning pages — available 24/7.

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