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Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day Banner: Respecting Privacy, Safeguaring Data, Enabling Trust

You are creating data about yourself wherever you go and with any online device you use. When you're online, you expose your behaviors, preferences, and other personal information in the form of cookies, GPS data, social network posts, e-mail exchanges, and many more. Your personal information is valuable and should be protected at all times.

Personal Information is like money. Value it. Protect it.

Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too goo to be true or ask for personal information.

Get two steps ahead: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to prevent unauthorized access.

Share with Care

What you post can last a lifetime: Before posting online, think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it.

Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It's okay to limit how and with whom you share information.

Be aware of what's being shared: Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others. Be thoughtful when and how you share information about others.

Post only about others as you have them post about you: The golden rule applies online as well.

Data Privacy Tips

  • Use a unique password for each important website you use (banking, shopping, etc). Hackers will try a cracked password on basically any website with a login. Unique passwords minimizes the risk of having all of your accounts falling victim to a hacker. The more complex you make these passwords, the better.
  • Can't remember all those unique passwords? Get a password manager! When used correctly, you'll only have to remember one long and complex password to access your database of passwords. Password managers allow you to increase the strength of your passwords without having to worry about losing them.
  • Periodically update your devices to the most recent version of your security software, operating system, web browser, and other applications. These updates almost always come with fixes for exploits and vulnerabilities. Out of date software can leave you open to malware! Most devices or software will notify you automatically when there is an update. It is better to proceed with the update sooner rather than later.
  • Using Wi-Fi? If only public Wi-Fi is available, restrict your activity to simple searches (no banking!) or use a VPN (virtual private network). VPNs provide an encrypted tunnel between you and the sites you visit. Anyone on a public Wi-Fi connection can monitor the internet traffic going through it and can potentially steal your information without you realizing it.
  • Guard your date of birth (DoB), telephone number, and other private information. This information, along with your mother's maiden name, previous school names, etc. are often used for account verification as well as account recovery. If sites ask for this information or you are considering posting this information on social media or a profile page, make sure it's absolutely necessary. Be careful about what you post publicly!
  • Check your privacy settings! Websites will often allow you to have some control over how much data is shared. Review these settings and change it to your liking. Less is better with regards to the amount of data you share with corporations.

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