What is Data Privacy Day?
There is a day for everything. Did you know that January 22 is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day? Yeah, most are pretty meaningless, but not today. Data Privacy Day is actually an international effort that stems back to 1981 with the signing of the Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. The US Congress even adopted a non-binding resolution in 2014 expressing the support for a National Data Privacy Day. Today we should all take a step back and look at how the information we share on the interwebs is collected and shared.
Below are a few quick and simple steps we all should to do help keep our information private.
Update your privacy settings.
StaySafeOnline has gathered information on where to update your privacy settings for most of the major online services and apps. You can view this list here.
Use Tracker Blockers
Freeze Your Credit
If you’re concerned about identity theft, data breaches, or someone gaining access to your credit report without your permission, you might consider placing a credit freeze on your report. The major credit report companies are required to freeze your credit for free, which can keep you safer from identify theft.
Ask Why/Just Say No
I know I get asked for my phone number when checking out at Lowes, Macy’s, heck you name the store, even when paying in cash. I use to give some bogus phone number, but now I just say NO. When someone asks for your phone number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, ask why they need it. If they don’t have an answer, just say no.
Setup a Burner Email Address
There are numerous sites that ask for an email address when you are purchasing something or signing up to use a free service. Nothing is free, your data is currency. If you don’t want to get bombarded with email in your main inbox, setup a free email account with Hotmail, Yahoo, or another service and use this email address when you need to enter one while online.