Today is January 28th—Data Privacy Day—an international holiday created to help individuals and businesses around the globe raise tawareness about data privacy and learn best practices for keeping personal data safe.
Here are some important things to remember when it comes to protecting the privacy of your personal information:
Posting online? Be sure to share with care
It's important to think carefully about before posting anything online, according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance. Some questions to consider include: How might this information be perceived now and in the future? Could this information somehow help criminals steal my identity? Watch this quick video for more advice from the National Cybersecurity Alliance:
Make your passwords strong and long
It's important to use long passwords with a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols, according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB). And avoid using the same password for multiple online accounts.
The BBB also recommends locking down your login by using that strongest authentication tools available. For example, two-factor authentication is a great way to lock down email, financial and social media accounts.
Listen to the experts
Be sure to read these articles to get more information about Data Privacy Day as well as expert advice on the how to keep your personal information out of the wrong hands:
- Data Privacy Day: Will you ever have control of your personal info?
- Data Privacy Day: Easy tips to protect your privacy
- 14 ways to keep your data safe on Data Privacy Day
- How to increase your smartphone security to keep your private data safe
It's also important to keep all of your personal digital files properly backed up. That way, if your data is ever corrupted by ransomware or some other form of malware, you can always get it back. Learn more about Carbonite backup and disaster plans today.