Privacy Insights and Advice for Consumers: Own Your Online Presence
- Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps 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. It’s OK to ask others for help.
- Lock down your login. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Choose one account and turn on the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code sent to your mobile device.
- Personal info is like money: Value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
- Keep a clean machine. Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect data loss from infections and malware.
- Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. It’s a good idea to review your social network friends and all contact lists to ensure everyone still belongs.
- Apply the golden rule online. Post only about others as you would have them post about you.
There are a variety of consumer-friendly resources designed to educate the public about protecting their privacy. Check out the following:
Here’s How to Get Involved Infographic
Learn simple, actionable advice you can use to educate people about privacy at home, at work and in your community.
Internet of Me Infographic
You are continuously generating data about yourself and others, and your personal information is the fuel that makes connected devices work (possibly update). Learn what you can do now to manage your privacy.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Tips and Advice:
Practice good online safety habits by following these tips and advice from STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety education and awareness campaign.
Check Your Privacy Settings:
Want to view or change your privacy/security settings, but don’t know where to find them? NCSA has an easy-to-use resource with direct links to update your privacy settings on popular devices and online services.
Lock Down Your Login:
Usernames and passwords are no longer enough to keep your accounts secure. Anyone with your username and password can access your account. Visit LockDownYourLogin.com to easily learn how to move beyond the password and better secure your online accounts.
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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS):
DHS provides privacy-related and cybersecurity resources through its STOP.THINK.CONNECT. Campaign toolkit. From tip cards and information covering identity theft, mobile security, phishing and more, digital citizens can share resources with their communities, colleagues and families to keep their data safeguarded.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
IdentityTheft.gov is the FTC’s one-stop resource for identity theft victims. IdentityTheft.gov provides personal recovery plans for more than 30 types of identity theft and an Identity Theft Report that victims can use in place of a police report in most cases to resolve the problems identity theft causes.