You and your information are everywhere. When you're online you leave a trail of "digital
exhaust" in the form of cookies, GPS data, social network posts, and e-mail exchanges,
among others. It is critical to learn how to protect yourself and guard your privacy.
Your identity and even your bank account could be at risk!
Here are some privacy tips that will help ensure your data stays private:
- Use long and complex passwords or passphrases. These are often the first line of defense in protecting an online account. The length
and complexity of your passwords can provide an extra level of protection for your
- Take care what you share. Periodically check the privacy settings for your social networking apps to ensure
that they are set to share only what you want, with whom you intend. Be very careful
about putting personal information online. What goes on the Internet usually stays
on the Internet.
- Go stealth when browsing. Your browser can store quite a bit of information about your online activities, including
cookies, cached pages, and history. To ensure the privacy of personal information
online, limit access by going "incognito" and using the browser's private mode.
- Should you trust that app? Only use apps from reputable sources. Check out reviews from users or other trusted
sources before downloading anything that is unfamiliar.
Do you know your privacy settings? Double check your privacy setting for a multitude
of different popular sites on the Data Privacy Double Check Page. For more privacy tips, visitus-cert.gov.
Remember, by increasing your personal data privacy habits, you not only protect your
information, but the information of the University as well.