January 28 is Data Privacy Day: Own Your Privacy with These 10 Tips


by Liberty Bank | Jan 27, 2020


Protect your privacy online with these top tips:

  1. Review and update your privacy settings on frequently used e-commerce sites and mobile devices. This website provides direct links to privacy settings “how to guides” for popular devices and online services: https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/managing-your-privacy/manage-privacy-settings
  2. Limit the personal information you share and help to prevent identity theft. Make your social media accounts private and be cognizant of providing information on social channels that may be used to safeguard passwords.
  3. Use Antivirus Software. Use anti-virus software so that your computer, tablet or mobile phone remains protected against viruses meant to steal, destroy or render your data inaccessible.
  4. Deactivate the auto-fill option. Auto-fill recognizes familiar words and numbers when you complete forms online.  This is dangerous for several reasons, but particularly because this information has to be stored somewhere online.
  5. Beware of spam, Phishing and suspicious looking emails. Individuals who interact with such emails can often fall victim to online fraud, identity theft, exposure of private information or even be used to further perpetrate such crimes. When opening emails, be very cautious of clicking any links, opening attachments or responding to the sender. These actions increase the likelihood of you becoming a victim.
  6. Use public Wi-Fi and hotspots with caution. Publicly accessible Wi-Fi is open to everyone; this means that both trusted and untrustworthy individuals will have access to the same network you are using to check emails, log in to social media or process payments through e-commerce websites. Exercise caution and limit  access to financial data, bank accounts, and other online profiles. Tips 1, 8 and 9 are useful tools in limiting exposure of sensitive information on public Wi-Fi.
  7. Use multi-factor authentication and always log out! Multi-factor authentication is a security control that provides an extra layer of protection on top of your user name and password.  Be aware that closing your internet browser doesn’t always end your browsing session so be sure to log out especially on public or shared devices.
  8. Only use HTTPS websites. HTTPS websites generally have a padlock in the browser address bar indicating they are “secure.”  This is important when you need to enter credentials and login information on websites.
  9. Browse in private mode. When operating in private mode, your web browser only temporarily stores your activity (i.e., search history, web site visits, etc.) and blocks most websites from tracking your online behavior, remembering pages you visit, and your search history. 
  10. Add pass codes to your devices and commonly used mobile applications. Information on your devices and within mobile applications can include passwords, contacts, location history, pictures, videos, payment information, and access to your social media accounts. Creating passcodes for each device and commonly used mobile applications will help prevent unauthorized access.  


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