Happy Data Privacy Day!

Happy Data Privacy Day! This is a day for respecting #privacy, safeguarding #data & enabling trust #DPD14

Data Privacy Day is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.  Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. Data Protection Day commemorates the January 28, 1981, signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is now a celebration for everyone, observed annually on January 28.  Data flows freely in today’s online world. Everyone – from home computer users to multinational corporations – needs to be aware of the personal data others have entrusted to them and remain vigilant and proactive about protecting it. Being a good online citizen means practicing conscientious data stewardship. Data Privacy Day is an effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint, and make the protection of privacy and data a great priority in their lives.  Data Privacy Day is led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a nonprofit, public-private partnership dedicated cybersecurity education and awareness, and advised by a distinguished advisory committee of privacy professionals.

To begin taking a proactive approach to your online privacy and security, follow these steps from STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the national cyber-security awareness campaign. 

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

  • Secure your devices. Keep your devices from prying eyes. Set passcodes or pass phrases (long passwords) to be sure only you can access your smartphone, tablet or PC.
  • Secure your accounts. Passwords are no longer the only protection from would-be hackers. Enable two-factor authentication to add another layer of security.
  • Make passwords long, strong and unique. Passwords should be different for each account, have as many characters as allowed and include numbers, symbols and letters, capital and lowercase.
  • Think before you app. Before downloading a mobile app, understand what information (your location, access to social networks, etc.) the app accesses to function.
  • Back it up. Store digital copies of your valuable work, music, photos and other information on an external hard drive or online cloud.

– See more at: http://staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/privacy-tips/#sthash.mAeB2iW7.dpuf