Michelle Singletary writes The Color Of Money column in The Washington Post. Her October 26th column was timely and insightful as she outlined various ways consumers could, but might not, be more pro-actively protecting the privacy of their personal and financial data (Protecting yourself on the Web? Probably Not; http://wapo.st/michelle-singletary).

In her column, she cited Consumer Reports November issue that has the lead story How to Protect Your Privacy Smart and easy ways to keep your data safe. Her description of this article was excellent so I read the cover story.

It is an issue and article that consumers should read ASAP! The lead article also has links to other Consumer Reports stories on this topic. I found the September 20th article titled 66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now Do one, some, or all. Each will make a difference especially useful — concrete details written well and without jargon.

Consumers should read Ms. Singletary’s October 26th column as well as the November issue of Consumer Reports and the lead and other articles. This will be time well-spent — consumers will come away equipped with the kind of information they can use to more pro-actively protect their sensitive private information.