Data Protection Day (also known as Data Privacy Day) is on January 28th and is a great reminder to check how your data is used and evaluate your personal cyber security.
When you shop online, share pictures or updates on social media, or sign-up to an app, you are sharing your personal information. This can include details such as your name, contact information and location. Some devices such as wearable fitness trackers can also collect health information.
It’s important to recognise what information you share online, and take steps to improve the security of your devices and digital accounts. So take privacy into your own hands today with the following ten tips:
1. Know Your Rights
2. Read Privacy Policies and Collection Notices
An organisation or agency should also give you a collection notice that explains why they’re collecting your personal information as close as possible to the time they collect it.
3. Always Ask Why, How and Who
4. Check Your Credit Report
5. Protect Yourself Online
6. Be Aware Of Your Mobile Security
7. Use Security Software
Using security software on your computer is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself and your privacy.
Good computer security includes installing reputable anti-spyware, anti-virus scanners and firewall software. You should also keep your online security tools up to date.
8. Be Careful What You Share on Social Media
9. Don't Leave Your Personal Information Lying Around
10. Be Aware of Scams