A 2019 study found that 79% of U.S. adults are concerned about how their data is being used by companies. If you shop or surf online, take steps to protect your valuable data. The National Cyber Security Alliance offers these tips to guide you.
What to Do:
- Keep tabs on your apps. Many apps ask for access to personal information, such as your geographic location, contacts list, and photo album. Be thoughtful about who gets that information; be wary of apps asking for information that isn’t required or relevant for their services. Delete unused apps from your devices and keep others secure by updating them regularly.
- Manage your privacy settings. Check the privacy and security settings on web services and apps and set them to your comfort level for information sharing.
- Value your personal information as if it’s money you’ve earned. Personal information, like your purchase history or your location, has tremendous value to businesses – just like money. Make informed decisions about whether you want to share your data.
To learn more about what you can do to protect your data, sign up for the Data Privacy Digital Scavenger Hunt! Register at https://go.illinois.edu/ScavHuntSignUp. You’ll get a daily clue via email January 20-22 to help you manage your privacy and protect data. Registered participants will earn a digital prize.
Stay safe, stay secure. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or feedback.
-Technology Services Privacy and Security Team