Data Privacy Day is Jan 28!

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ITSS wants you to celebrate Data Privacy Day by becoming more savvy about sharing and safeguarding your personal information.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an international ‘holiday’ to raise awareness how personal information is collected shared and used in our digital society.

“Whenever we play a game, browse websites, use an apps, or even use our connected devices like smart TVs or GPS, our activities and some of our personal information may be collected and shared,’ says Dele Ogundele, IT Security Specialist at Saint Mary’s. “We want people to be aware of the ‘digital footprint’ they leave, and how they can better protect their information and their privacy online.”

Reviewing privacy settings on social media, being mindful of entering data into websites, and taking ownership of one's online identity are all things to keep in mind when it comes to cyber security.

Protect your online privacy with these tips:

Use long and complex passwords or passphrases.

These are often the first line of defense in protecting an online account. The length and complexity of your passwords can provide an extra level of protection for your personal information. Avoid using the same password for multiple websites, accounts, or apps. Use a password manager to manage numerous passwords.

 Take care what you share. 

Periodically check the privacy settings for your social networking apps to ensure that they are set to share only what you want, with whom you intend. Be very careful about putting personal information online. Remember, what goes on the Internet, usually stays on the Internet.

 Go stealth when browsing. 

Your browser can store quite a bit of information about your online activities, including cookies, cached pages, and history. To ensure the privacy of personal information online, limit access by going "incognito" and using the browser's private mode when necessary.

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) when necessary. The latter provides an encrypted tunnel between you and the sites you visit.

Should you trust that app? 

Only use apps from reputable sources. Check out user reviews or from other trusted sources before downloading any app that is unfamiliar.

Has your privacy been compromised?

Change the password of any site or app that you believe may have been compromised. If you reuse passwords for multiple sites you should change them all to make sure your information is safe.

Visit the ITSS Help Desk if you have any further concerns, and follow @SMUITSS for more tips!