National Data Privacy Day falls on January 28th each year, and this week we’re partnering up with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to spread awareness on the why we believe it’s important to respect and protect your data online. Did you know that today commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108; the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection? The primary goal of Data Privacy Day is to shine a light on something we take for granted while living online: respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

We’re here to share some tips and tricks for managing your privacy and protecting your personal information, as well as how to encourage companies to be more transparent about their collection and usage of data. Here are a few helpful resources from the NCSA to assist you in preparing for the day.

Tip #1

Be sure to read the terms and conditions when signing up for new services and apps, including any information about “opting-in” to additional services. Often, you get a lot more than you bargain for and provide more information than you should.

Tip #2

We know that signing up for sites and services with social media profiles rather than creating an entirely new username and password saves time and hassle, but beware of how much information you are comfortable sharing with a particular site. Since signing up using social media allows sites to access personal details such as Age, Name, Email, Birthday, Friends, Interests, and Public Visibility directly from your profile, ensure that you've set your social privacy settings to levels that shield what you don’t want to be seen.

Tip #3

Get your hands on a password manager and use it to generate long, strong, and complex passwords for every site where you want to save your credentials. We can’t stress the importance of creating indestructible passwords that will keep your sensitive information safe, enough.

Tip #4

What’s better than a single password? Multiple layers of verification! Adding extra layers of protection to your accounts further secures your information in case a password is ever compromised. Additional factors provide supplemental security by using attributes unique to you, like your face and fingerprint, to verify your identity. That way, you have peace of mind knowing other factors must be authenticated before gaining access to your accounts. The best part? Every person can customize their security which makes mass attacks less likely. Also, we know you are one-of-a-kind, and think your passwords should reflect that, too.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Data Privacy Day and take measures to protect your online security! Have ideas to add? Share on Facebook and Twitter about what you did to increase your privacy!

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