Security Tip: Data Privacy Awareness

Data Privacy Day logoOur fun tech devices—smartphones, watches, doorbells, appliances, even toothbrushes—are contributors to our growing digital footprint through our own online behaviors, habits, and preferences. More than ever, we exist in ‘digital form’ all over the Internet. To ensure that the ‘digital you’ matches what you are intending to share, it is critical that you guard your privacy at home and at work.

Fortunately, there are ways you can manage your privacy. To start with, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) published

Privacy Tips for Individuals and Organizations**

  • Personal info is like money: Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
  • Lock down your login. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking, and social media. Choose one account and turn on the strongest authentic tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code sent to your mobile device.
  • If you collect it, protect it. Follow reasonable security measures to keep individuals’ personal information safe from inappropriate and unauthorized access.
  • Build trust by doing what you say you will do. Communicate clearly and concisely to the public what privacy means to your organization and the steps you take to achieve and maintain privacy.
  • Create a culture of privacy in your organization. Educate employees on the importance and impact of protecting consumer and employee information as well as the role they play in keeping it safe.

* The purpose of Data Privacy Day, which takes place annually on January 28, is to educate individuals and businesses about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

**Abstract of tips taken from NCSA’s Data Privacy Day Backgrounder for Media, pp. 5-6.