Privacy Tips

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As we increasingly connect our lives to the Internet with new devices and apps, understanding how to control our privacy has become a greater concern. View the privacy tips below that are relevant to you. All pages can also be downloaded as PDF files. 

To begin taking a proactive approach to your online privacy and security, follow these steps from STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the national cybersecurity awareness campaign. 

                                  STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • Secure your devices. Keep your devices from prying eyes. Set passcodes or pass phrases (long passwords) to be sure only you can access your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Secure your accounts. Passwords are no longer the only protection from would-be hackers. Enable two-factor authentication to add another layer of security.
  • Make passwords long, strong and unique. Passwords should be different for each account, have as many characters as allowed and include numbers, symbols and letters, capital and lowercase. 
  • Think before you app. Before downloading a mobile app, understand what information (your location, access to social networks, etc.) the app accesses to function. 
  • Back it up. Store digital copies of your valuable work, music, photos and other information on an external hard drive or online cloud.
To view more tips and advice to protect your personal information, visit STOPTHINKCONNECT.org.
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