#PrivacyAware Day, Jan. 28: Protect yours

by Cathy McVey, information technology services

dp-dayYour personal data is online – from your banking information to your shopping history to your health care information. Is that data safe? What can you do?

Data Privacy Day, Thursday, Jan. 28,  is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

As part of Data Privacy Day, IT services shares these tips from the National Cyber Security Alliance.

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 OK 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.
 dp-day-lastsPersonal 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 good 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.

This Jan. 28 make privacy top-of-mind for #PrivacyAware Day.

To learn more, check out the National CyberSecurity Alliance Web page. Follow Data Privacy Day on social media: