Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data, and Enabling Trust

Data Privacy Day

January 28th each year is international Data Privacy Day. How much do you know about data privacy and the information you post online? This infographic may shock you!

Did you know that over half of adults don't think about the consequences of their online activities? This was revealed in research conducted by Microsoft. Read more about their efforts to promote safety and give you control over your information privacy.

Take the Online Safety IQ Challenge to test yourself.

Listed below are several tips to help you be a good cyber citizen, whether you're at work, at home, on a mobile device, or anywhere. For more helpful tips about how to protect your online privacy, check out:

Learn more about these tips and other helpful information through this list of resources:

Become part of something big by liking the Data Privacy Day page on Facebook.

At Work

  • Make your password long, strong, and unique. Learn more about managing your password with our Account Management System.
  • Requests via email for your personal information or for immediate action are almost always a scam.
  • Keep a clean machine - use anti-virus and anti-malware software and run scans regularly. (Need help? Contact the IT Help Desk!)
  • Do you know what cookies are and how they’re used? Educate yourself about behavioral tracking.

At Home

  • Is your home wireless router secure? A protected home network means your data is safe and your family can use the internet securely.
  • Talk to your kids about their personal information and the games, apps & websites they use.
  • In the unfortunate event that your personal information is compromised, learn who to contact and how to get your life back on track.

On Social Networks

  • Do you “own” your online presence? Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level before sharing information. It’s okay to limit how and with whom you share information.
  • Before you post on social networks, take a moment and think about who will see your posts. Ask yourself, “Would I want my grandmother to see this?”
  • Be smart about the personal information you put on social media sites. Don’t display your birthday, address, phone number, or social security number.
  • Respect the personal information of others. Only post something online if you know the other person is comfortable. Ask permission before taking photos or video of someone and posting them online.

On Mobile Devices

  • Smartphones store and transmit a ton of personal information. Secure your phone by enabling privacy settings.
  • Think twice about enabling geo-location on apps. Many applications do not need geo-location enabled in order to work properly.
  • Connect with care when using public WIFI on an unsecured network. Be cautious about the sites you visit and the personal information you release.