Make Data Security Part of Your Routine
Yesterday was Data Privacy Day, and though it’s just one day a year, we hope you’ll make data security part of your regular routine.
Every day, you do things to protect what's most important to you — like locking your front door to prevent someone from breaking into your home. You can also take steps to protect your personal information from identity thieves — online and off — by adding some data privacy habits to your routine.
Here are some tips:
- Know who you share information with, and be alert to impersonators.
- Keep your passwords private, and don’t overshare information on social networking sites.
- Store and dispose of your personal information securely, especially your Social Security number.
- Maintain up-to-date security on your computers and other devices
Sometimes, you do all you can to keep your information from falling into the wrong hands, but it happens anyway. The FTC recently announced a new data security case, in which a company failed to protect the personal information of nearly 300,000 customers.
If you believe your information could have been compromised because of a data breach, check out our video on identity theft.