Data Privacy Day – How to Stay Safe Online

| January 28, 2019

Today is data privacy day so let’s talk about your connected devices!

You love them because they make your life pretty convenient, well you aren’t alone.

Studies estimate that there will be 30.7 billion connected devices by 2020.

So why does that matter?

Millions of people are unaware of and uninformed about how their personal information is being used, collected or shared in our digital society. Data Privacy Day aims to raise awareness, promote privacy, data protection, and empower individuals and companies to take action.

Everything that you do online and in the real world is being recorded, collected, analyzed, shared, and used because of these devices.

Consider your personal data as the fuel that makes this cool new technology actually work, without your personal data there useless so always remember personal information is like money, value it, protect it.

Data privacy day is an effort to empower people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone’s priority. Held annually on January 28th, Data Privacy Day aims to increase awareness of privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now celebrated for everyone, observed annually on January 28th.

Here a few simple steps you can take to ensure you are staying safe while online:

Privacy is good for business.

Personal information may be valuable to your business, but it’s also something your customer’s value. Nearly 75 percent of Americans feel it is “extremely” or “very” important that companies have “easy-to-understand’, accessible information about what personal data is collected about them, how it is used and with whom it is shared. Consider taking the following actions to create a culture of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust in your organization:

If you collect it, protect it!

Be sure to own your online presence – set the privacy and security settings on at least one service and/or device to your comfort level of sharing and don’t forget to lock down your login. Follow reasonable security measures to protect individuals’ personal information from inappropriate and unauthorized access.

Choose one account and turn on the strongest authentication tools available such as biometric security keys and a unique one time code through an app on a mobile device. Your username and passwords are not enough to protect your accounting like email, banking, and social media.

Lastly, keep a clean machine.

Update your security software, web browser, and operating system to have the best defense against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Staying up to date on software is important because as soon as your software is down is when they are likely to strike.

These simple steps can make a huge difference and keep you, your company and the people around you safe online. So don’t wait. Join the greater effort, take action, and be privacy aware.