January 24 serves as an internationally recognized day to remind us about data privacy. Also known as Data Privacy Day, January 24 aims to empower companies and individuals to discuss and implement ways to safeguard data and respect online privacy.
In other words, it’s a good excuse to get your online life in order!
Here are some things you can do right now to keep your online data secure and protect yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime.
- Recognize Email Phishing Scams: Scammers may send emails from companies you use — like social networking sites, banks, or stores — asking you to confirm personal information or click on a link to make a payment. Call the company directly to verify any issue if you receive an email like this.
- Avoid Shipping Notification Scams: Shipping delays provide scammers with an opportunity to send fraudulent package notices attempting to get your personal data. Like above, avoid clicking on links on emails you weren’t expecting or from places you haven’t verified.
- Keep Software Updated: Critical updates and patches help your devices function better and keep them more secure.
- Skip Public Wi-Fi: When outside your secure network, use a VPN or cellular connection to keep your data safe.
- Make Your Passwords More Secure: Use multiple, complex passwords to access different online accounts and change them anytime they’ve been compromised. When offered, always enable multi-factor authentication for an added layer of security. Use Google’s password manager to check for duplicate passwords, which can make your accounts less secure.
- Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly check your online financial accounts and credit reports for suspicious spending. Many banks and credit card companies offer text and email alert services.
- Secure Your Devices Physically: Keeping your online accounts safe is one thing, but you should never leave your electronic devices unattended. Avoid putting them in checked luggage or leaving them out in hotel rooms when you’re gone. Instead, use safes whenever possible.
- Be Wary of Ads: If a deal, giveaway, or contest seems too good to be true, avoid it because it probably is!
Protecting your information is a priority for us. We take proactive and intentional steps to safeguard your information against cybersecurity threats. Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding online security and the protection of your account information, please don’t hesitate to reach out.