Data Privacy Day

Privacy Tips

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In the expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy is gaining increasing attention. While the average American consumer is beginning to understand the far-reaching value of their personal information, consumers also continue to express concerns about their privacy online. In 2013, the National Cyber Security Alliance convened a Privacy Messaging Development Committee (PMDC) comprised of 35+ members from civil-society, non-profits, government and industry. PMDC has developed these research-based tips to encourage and motivate consumers to consider the privacy implications of their online actions for themselves and others.

Share With Care

  • What you post can last a lifetime: Before posting online think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it. 
     
  • Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information. 

  • Be aware of what’s being shared: Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others. Be thoughtful when and how you share information about others.
  • Post only about others as you have them post about you: The golden rule applies online as well. 

Personal Information Is Like Money. Value It. Protect It.

  • Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.

  • Get two steps ahead: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to prevent unauthorized access.

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