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Data Privacy Day tips: How to protect your personal information

You may feel like there is little you can do to protect your personal data. However, there are steps you can take to learn about how your data is collected, shared and used. Follow these basic privacy tips to help improve how you manage your personal information and make informed decisions about who receives your data.

Tips to protect your privacy:

  1. Personal info is like money: Personal information, such as your purchase history, IP address, or location, has tremendous value to businesses – just like money. Have you ever received something for free? Installed a free app or downloaded an eBook? If so it’s usually not really free, the cost is access to your personal information. Consider whether the benefit is worth sharing your data.
  2. Keep tabs on your apps. Many apps ask for access to personal information, such as your geographic location, contacts list and photo album, before you can use their services. Be wary of apps that require access to information that is not required or relevant for the services they are offering. Delete unused apps on your internet-connect devices and keep others secure by performing updates. 
  3. 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. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information. Get started with NCSA’s Manage Your Privacy Settings page:https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/managing-your-privacy/manage-privacy-settings/
  4. Check for data breaches. Google Chrome has a super useful feature that alerts you if your accounts have been breached and alerts you to change your passwords. You can also use other sites like https://haveibeenpwned.com/ to see if your email address has been involved in a data breach.

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