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Personal Data Privacy

Personal Data Privacy

Your personal data is valuable and only you can protect it. Once you share personal data on the internet, it is out there forever, so you need to be vigilant. Information about you can be used in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways you wouldn't expect or even approve. That’s why it is important to understand the value of your personal information and how to manage it when possible. These simple tips can help you keep your personal data safer on the internet.

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Know what you are sharing and with whom.

Check the privacy policy. If a website or mobile app has a privacy policy, review it and make sure they take your privacy seriously.

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Browse the internet more privately.

Use a search engine that respects your privacy, check out or You can also enable private browsing or use browser plugins (like Privacy Badger or HTTPs Everywhere) that stop tracking cookies and encrypt the data you send to websites.

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Use a unique password for every account.

Password reuse can lead to account compromise and identity theft, consider using a password manager to create strong passwords for your accounts. iOS 12 includes integrations that make using a password manager incredibly easy and some Android apps have similar functionality.

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Don't share your birth date or your telephone number.

These are important pieces of information for an identity thief and are also often used for account verification. If a website or social media site asks for this information ask yourself why they need it.

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Keep your work or student account separate from your personal online presence.

Your UW-Green Bay account is not your personal account. You can prevent phishing scams pretending to be online retailers and social media sites if you never use your UWGB account on those services. This is especially important if you sign up for paperless billing, bank statements, utility bills, etc. You want to make sure that you control access to your personal email account, not the University. Also consider using an email provider that offers encryption of your data and multi factor authentication.

Search Yourself.

Check what personal data may already be on the internet.

The January SANS OUCH! newsletter tells you how to search yourself online like a hacker

Social Media Privacy Tips

Here are social media privacy tips from UW-Green Bay Social Media Coordinator Jena Richter Landers.

1. Be aware of and review your security settings from time-to-time on social media sites.

As platforms change, new levels of protection that are not a default setting may be available. Check the privacy settings on your social media accounts. 

2. Two-factor Login

Consider two-factor authentication for logging into social media platforms to maintain secure access.

3. Keep your friend list tight.

Do not accept request from people you do not know.

4. Clean up what apps have access to your social media data.

If you have signed into a third-party website, played a game or given something else access to your social media data, those connections may still remain.

5. Never post sensitive information.

Never post sensitive information such as passport number, Social Security number, driver’s license number, etc. and reconsider sharing your location on social media. Social media could tip off crimes against you, such as burglaries when you are on vacation.

Posted: 1/23/2019 10:01:09 AM by Travis Albrecht | with 0 comments

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