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Data Privacy: How to Protect Yourself

02/17/14

By BC EagleTech Ellen Contois

February is Data Privacy Month. That's right... a whole month dedicated to making sure that your online information is secure and out of the grasp of clever and pesky hackers. What do you need to do to make ensure your online privacy? Here are the best ways to protect your data, from your social media accounts to Agora Portal.

  • Keep Your Machine Clean: Get the latest security software, web browser, and operating system to defend against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Delete: Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often used by cybercriminals to hack your information. If it looks suspicious, it’s a good idea to delete it.

  • Protect your devices: Computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Use common sense: Be cautious of communications that tell you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
  • Secure your accounts: This includes protection beyond passwords. Many providers now offer additional ways for you verify your identity. 
  • Make secure passwords: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password. 
  • Protect your funds: When banking and shopping, make sure the sites are security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”. “Http://” is not secure.
  • Back it up: Protect your work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

For more information, check out this website. And test out your knowledge about staying safe online with this quiz!