How you can Protect Your Personal Information

Determine whether you want to use a free app, software or social media in exchange for your personal information. Here are some actions you can follow to avoid this from happening.

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  • Do not click on links for free apps. Independently search for the app in your device's app store.
  • Read the Privacy Notice and Terms of Use. These documents describe how the company uses your data, such as whether they share your information with third parties.
  • Identify where the company is located and where your data is stored. Data rights vary among countries (and in some cases, states). Once you know the location of the company and where your data is stored, look into the datat rights you may be afforded (such as the right to request deletion of your data).
  • Manage your settings and preferences. If you do not want your data shared with third parties, check the privacy settings of the app or software to see if you can opt out of data sharing, activity tracking, or interest-based ads. Keep in mind that opting out of sharing does not mean you will not get ads, just that your information will not be shared for the purpose of personalized advertisements. 
  • Consider an alternative. If you are not comfortable with using a particular app or software, try looking for another option. For example, could you switch to an email provider that does nto scan your emails for advertising? Do you want to pay for a service to avoid targeted third-party ads? How a company uses your data ultimately comes down to its privacy policy, but the company will have more incentive to protect their relationship with you if you are paying for its service. 
  • For online shopping, stick with trusted websites and, if possible, work directly with the primary vendor. Before using a promo code site, consider whether that discount is worth the price of your data privacy. •
  • Do not reuse passwords. Using the same username and password across multiple applications increases your risk of identity theft and account compromise. Try using a password manager to hold all of your passwords.
  •  Less is more with social media profile personalization. After you create your account, you may want to personalize your profile with photos and biographical details including birthday, hometown and job. The more information that you choose to disclose creates more space for potential harm to be done by a hacker. Passwords can even be cracked by looking into someone’s profile information. An example could be someone using their pet’s name with their date of birth, which are both shared in their profile, as a password.
  •  Understand who can see your profile and posts. It is critical to be aware of who are you allowing into your circle of connections on social media. In multiple data breaches, hackers have created and used fake social media profiles to befriend someone and gain insider information. If you receive a request from someone you do not know, consider not accepting. Remember that once you post something, your content is out there for anyone to see. If you post that you are traveling, make sure that only those you trust have access to your information.

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