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Data Privacy Day 2017

01/24/17

by EagleTech Cami Bolling

Protecting your personal data may not be the first thing on your agenda this week, but with Data Privacy Day on January 28, it should be!! Protecting your personal information and privacy is very important, so here are a few ways you can protect your data:

Learn more about Data Privacy Day.

Sign up for data breach notifications

With your email tied to so many different online stores and platforms, it is easy for hackers to get to your personal information! However, it is also easy to sign up for free services that notify you if your email address is part of a data breach. One popular site is “Have I been pwned”, it’s free and secure and will give you peace of mind that your email is safe!

Use a password manager

Although baldwin123 may be your password of choice, it’s not strong enough to keep your information safe. Downloading a free password manager, such as “Last Pass 4.0” or “1 U Password Manager”, will help you automatically create a strong password for every site.

Encrypt your computer's data

Ok, so now that you have a password manager all of your passwords will be secure. But, even if your data is password protected, someone who accesses your computer can access all unencrypted files. You should make sure all of your computer data is encrypted. If you have a Mac, just search for FileVault in Finder and you can automatically encrypt your computer data. And, if you have a PC, just search for BitLocker in the Control Panel - it’s that easy!

Backup, backup, backup

This may be something you hear ALL the time but how often do you actually do it? Backing up all of your devices is incredibly important. Whether it’s your iPhone, tablet or laptop, frequently backing up your devices will ensure that you never lose your data.

Don’t assume incognito mode is private

As secretive college students we may be eager to utilize the incognito browser feature that is available on both Safari and Chrome. However, going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from employers or BC if you’re using eduroam wifi. So, remember to think carefully about what sites you’re viewing and don’t rely on incognito browsers to hide your search history!