Data Privacy Day 2015

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Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an international effort centered on Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.

January 28th is Data Privacy Day. Please join us in raising awareness as we educate consumers to better understand how their personal information may be safeguarded from online predators.

It is such a small world indeed, especially when the internet has brought nearly everything to our fingertips. There is however, a heavy price to pay for this convenience. Data security is crucial when it comes to protecting yourself from unforeseen circumstances, but not many people are fully prepared when their personal information is compromised.

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Here are a few tips to keep your personal information secure:

  • Public Wifi. Next time, you’re at an airport or local coffee shop; think twice before tapping into their “free or open” wi-fi connection. Connecting to the internet on an unprotected wi-fi allows anyone on that network to see your data.
  • Social Media. Watch what you share online. Personal information such as your full name, birthday and address, can be easily obtained from the social media sites you frequently use. Instead, use a screen name which doesn’t include your full name.
  • Password Protection. Keep in mind that your phone is your computer. To protect data on your mobile device:
    • Be sure to create a strong password which is required each time you open your phone in case it is lost or stolen.
    • Download only those apps which are legitimate. Look for trust marks on websites to verify their authenticity.
    • Check your privacy settings on your phone as well as the social media networking sites you may use from your mobile device. This allows you to select who you choose to view your information. Keep your information limited.
  • Beware of “phishing” scams. Do not answer or follow links on suspicious emails or pop-ups that request your personal information (passwords, user names, or PIN).
  • Consider investing in a VPN (virtual private network) service, if you travel a lot and are a heavy Internet user. When connecting to a VPN, all information transmitted from your computer, regardless of the privacy settings of the network you’re on, will be encrypted.
  • Personal information. Never share your financial information (user name, password, social security number, account numbers, etc.) with others or unverified sources. Bank never request such information via email.
  • Install a firewall. Protect your computer, and keep it updated. This can protect your computer from viruses, malware and spyware.
  • Email statements. Paper statement require shredding and proper disposal. Therefore electronic statements are safer.
  • Protect your passwords. Never carry your password with you. If you write them down, keep them in a safe, secure place at home.
  • Change your passwords regularly. Never use your social security number, address, name, date of birth or email address as part of them.
  • Log off. Make it a habit to sign off when completing your transactions through internet/mobile banking.
  • Be Aware. Always keep your eyes open for suspicious texts, emails and friend requests.

Staying diligent will help you in protecting yourself as well as your family’s welfare.

Stay Smart-Happy Surfing!

 

 

 

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