5 Essential Tips for Protecting Sensitive Data with ChatGPT: Stay Compliant and Safe

Kenneth Lo, PMP
2 min readNov 13, 2023


Ever wonder where all the data you send ChatGPT ends up?

It’s only prudent to be safe than sorry.

Here are 5 simple yet vital tips to keep your sensitive data secure.

1/ Avoid Sensitive Information

Never include intellectual property or trade secrets when using ChatGPT.

Protect these elements to maintain integrity of both personal privacy and business competitiveness.

Think of those details as honey; don’t leave them out in the open.

2/ Anonymize Data

Safety starts with anonymity.

Remove personal identifiable information (PII) like social security numbers or names from your prompts.

If data is breached, individual identities remain protected.

3/ Exercise Caution with Plugins

Not all plugins are created equal.

Ensure any ChatGPT plugin you use is from a trusted source.

When in doubt, leave it out than risk a mishap.

4/ Use Secure Environments

Enjoying the free public Wi-Fi?

Use a virtual private network (VPN) to add an extra layer of protection.

You use toilet seat cover in public, don’t you?

5/ Adhere to Privacy Policies

This one may be a tall ask: read OpenAI’s privacy policies.

Make it a point to read and understand these policies, as they provide the guidelines for responsible AI interaction.

Invest the energy upfront and spare yourself unwanted surprises.


Ensuring the security of sensitive data while using ChatGPT is both wise and practical. Follow these 5 simple but effective tips, and you can explore the world of AI with confidence and peace of mind.

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