Thursday, January 28 is Data Privacy Day. This special day is celebrated across Europe, Canada, and the United States. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to promote an awareness of data security, not only in the cyber community, but in the general public as well. Worldwide organizations will be promoting the event and encouraging everyone to reflect on their data, asking questions like:
Is my data safe?
Who is storing my data?
Do I know if they are doing a good job?
How can I keep my personal data safe?
Do I need to reduce my personal ‘footprint’ in social media?
Some of those questions will be easy to find answers to, and others may take a bit of doing. If nothing else, you should do just this one small thing to improve the security of your data – change your passwords! When you do that, be sure to use at least eight characters with a mix of characters you find on the key board. It is often called the 8/4 rule. An example would be Mw5@8d2>. Upper and lower case letters and a mix of numbers and ‘special’ characters will do the trick.
No data protection is 100% secure, but if you do this one action, you will make it more difficult for someone to access your personal data.
Happy Data Privacy Day!
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