The best way to celebrate Data Privacy Day isn’t baking a cake or putting up decorations. Here are ten suggestions for honoring Data Privacy Day and keeping your own personal information more secure. Eating cake might be more fun than deleting online cookies, but even the most delicious cake won’t keep you safe from data breaches or hackers.
- Change your passwords regularly and use strong passwords- pick something more creative than password or 123456 which both made the 2014 List of Worst Passwords (so did dragon!?).
- Keep your anti-virus software up to date.
- Check your privacy settings on social media sites like Facebook.
- Use different passwords, user names, e-mail addresses, and credit cards on different sites or for different purposes. If you have the option of turning on two-factor verification on any of your accounts, go for it, especially if they store your credit card number or bank account information.
- Review and delete online cookies regularly. A lot of us are guilty of this one. A recent Pew Research study revealed that while 62% of people had concerns about online privacy, half hadn’t bothered to delete their cookies in the last month.