Today is Data Privacy Day, an international effort centered on respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Under the auspices of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit dedicated to cybersecurity education and awareness. Data Privacy day has helped garner awareness of online security throughout the world. Below are some tips provided by the NCSA to help you stay safe online:
- Get savvy about public Wi-Fi hotspots: Public Wi-Fi is not secure and leaves you vulnerable to criminals. Limit the type of business you conduct on public wireless networks, and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
- Read the small print when downloading apps: When you download an app on social media or your mobile device, you may be allowing it to collect personal information like your contacts list or location. If possible, look at an app’s permissions before downloading and make sure you are comfortable with the information it collects.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
For information on the NCSA and more safety tips, visit their website HERE.Share