Did you know that today is Data Privacy Day? Most people probably don”t and need to, so pass it along! What are the most important things you can do to protect your privacy?
Set up two factor authentication
Most major companies now offer two factor authentication, which simply means, after you log in on a new device, you will be texted a code on you phone as a verification that it’s you. This is an easy and very effective way to keep intruders out of your personal accounts. But, it”s dependent on your mobile device, so make sure to carry a charger and if you are in a foreign country, make sure you can receive texts. With Facebook and perhaps more sites soon, you can use a dongle instead of your phone.
- Facebook – more by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Google – more by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Make a schedule to review your privacy settings
While Data Privacy Day is a great time to review your privacy settings, there are a lot of settings to review, so we recommend that you make a schedule. If you spread it out over the year and put it on your calendar, you are more likely to do it. Here are some of the most important settings:
- Facebook Privacy – more from Wired.com
- Google Privacy – more from IPVanish
- Windows 10 Privacy – more from Wired.com
- MacOS Privacy – more from The Eclectic Light Company
- iPhone Privacy – more from LifeWire
- Android Privacy – more from ZDNet
In addition to the above, make a list of all your social accounts and devices and make a schedule to review them all at least annually, preferably bi-annually. Use the links above as a starting point.
This one has the potential to make a person paranoid, but it”s worth doing, just keep a balance and try to stick to reputable sources. Here are few sources and articles that we can recommend:
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation
- The Future of Privacy Forum
- and find more by searching on Find.com – Protect Your Privacy
Data Privacy Day – January 28th – Are you #PrivacyAware?