Data privacy has become one of the most popular internet discussions in recent years. Often it seems that your online privacy is uncontrollable, but there are ways to keep your personal data secure while you live your life on the internet.
Only use strong passwords.
- Your first line of defense online is always your password. Make sure you never use the same password for different services, craft strong passwords that include phrases, numbers, and characters, and NEVER share your passwords with anyone.
Think before you download.
- Applications installed on your phone and tablets gain access to your online information, too. They make money by keeping tabs on things like your contacts, browsing history, and game preferences and then sell that information to companies that serve you ads.
Turn your WiFi/Bluetooth off while browsing stores.
- Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while you are within range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.
Keep your devices organized and up to date.
- Make sure your applications are up to date, that you review privacy policies regularly and that you delete any unused apps. Maintaining a clean machine keeps your personal data safe.
Stay far away from “Free” WiFi.
- Using unsecured WiFi is a one-way ticket to having your traffic monitored. Whether it’s a company or a stranger sitting a few tables away, using unencrypted networks is always a bad idea. However, if you absolutely need to use Starbucks’ WiFi, use a VPN to mask your computer’s identity.
For more information on Data Privacy Day please visit the National Cyber Security Alliance website.