Data Privacy Day 2016
Text Alternative for Infographic 10 Privacy Tips for Individuals
10 Privacy Tips For Individuals(text only)
In an effort to highlight the importance of valuing and protecting personal information, here are some tips to help you protect your privacy.
- Don’t Give Too Much Information. No online store needs your Social Insurance Number or your birthday. When possible, give the least amount of information.
- Strong and Long Passwords. Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols for a more secure password.
- Banks – Be Aware. Financial institutions do not request personal information from customers by unsolicited email, text or telephone calls.
- Automate Software Updates. Many software programs will automatically connect and update. Turn on automatic updates if possible.
- Check Security Settings. Look at the privacy, security and advanced preferences on your browser to see what information it is storing automatically.
- Protect your Money. When banking and shopping, check site to ensure security is enabled. Web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://” means the site takes extra measures to secure your information.
- Checking In. Frequent check-ins online can put your privacy and safety at risk.
- When in Doubt, Don’t Respond. If an email requires you to act immediately, offers something too good to be true, or asks for your personal information, be wary.
- Monitor your Accounts. Regularly monitor your account activity. Notify companies involved immediately if you notice suspicious activity.
- Wi-Fi hotspots. Wireless networks and hotspots are not secure. Limit what you do on public Wi-Fi and avoid logging into your email or bank.
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