Data Privacy Day 2013: How Safe is Your Data?

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Today is Data Privacy Day — the perfect day to remind you about how to keep your data safe.

Data Privacy Day is a global effort to help educate people about the privacy risks they face and empower them to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

Another aim of Data Privacy Day is to remind everyone that the protection of privacy and data is everyone’s priority.

But are you making it *your* priority?

The U.S. and Canada began recognizing Data Privacy Day in 2008, but it actually began in Europe. Data Privacy Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, which was the first legally binding international treaty that dealt with privacy and data protection.

Data Privacy Day is a good opportunity to look at how much information about you is freely available on the Internet. How much access do you give people on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts?

This is a good time to ask yourself these questions and to protect (and value) your privacy.

Privacy runs the gambit from keeping your personal passwords and accounts safe, to not posting personal information on social networks, to using a VPN.

Below are some good tips to follow to ensure that your data is secure:

  • Use strong passwords on all your online accounts, and change them often. Unique passwords that use a mixture of alphanumeric and special characters (such as $, %, and #) are the strongest.
  • Make sure you use a strong firewall and antivirus software and keep them updated.
  • Use the security settings on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks and don’t post personal information on the, including pictures of your children. Keep your personal information personal, and make sure you know who your Facebook friends are. Keep in mind that once something is posted to the Internet, it’s very hard to take back.
  • Avoid cyberthieves by not clicking on suspicious emails, links, or websites. Cyberthieves can use your personal information to hijack your identity and steal money from you.
  • Keep your mobile devices secure. Use a strong password to lock your phone or tablet computer. Additionally, disable the geotagging feature on your cell phone so people do not know where you are. For more information, see http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable.
  • Use a VPN when accessing public wifi. If you ever use a public wifi, anyone around you with the right spying equipment can see everything that you send and do online. A VPN like PRIVATE WiFi encrypts all of your information and makes it impossible for anyone to steal your data.

How are you celebrating Data Privacy Day today?

Leave me a comment below or leave a note on our Facebook wall to share what you’re doing differently when it comes to protecting your data.

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Kent Lawson

Kent Lawson is the CEO & Chairman of Private Communications Corporation and creator of its flagship software PRIVATE WiFi. He combined his extensive business and technical experience to develop PRIVATE WiFi in 2010. The software is an easy-to-use Virtual Private Network (VPN) that protects your sensitive personal information whenever you’re connected to a public WiFi network. Follow Kent on Twitter: @KentLawson.