Tips to Protect Your Personal Data on Data Privacy Day

Dynadot
Jan 28, 2014

Today is Data Privacy Day, also know as Data Protection Day in Europe. Data Privacy Day is an international holiday whose purpose is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. Keeping your data private is becoming an increasing concern for people. It seems like everyday there is a social media platform that is changing it's (and your) privacy settings or there is a breach in someone's security and people's information is stolen. Here are a few tips to help you keep your data private:

1. Use a good password (and don't use the same one for multiple websites)

Although passwords can be bypassed, it's still important to make sure you use good ones. It seems that whenever stolen passwords are released to the public, we see stuff like 'password' or '12345' used by many people. A good password should contain a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Read our past blog post for more password tips.

2. Don't just use a password to secure your account

If a website offers additional security, there is no reason to not use it. Here at Dynadot, security is a top priority. In addition to your account password, we also have you choose a "birthday" (not necessarily your birthday, just a date that you will remember) that you then use to unlock your account. You can also use our SMS or Token Authorization for even more security. SMS authentication will text you a special code to unlock your account, while our Token authentication is an app for your smartphone that also gives you a code to unlock your account.

3. Use our domain privacy service

When you register a domain, per ICANN, your personal contact information is added to the public Whois database. This means your personal address, phone number, and email will be available to anyone, including spammers and scammers who use the Whois database to create mailing lists. Our domain privacy service will replace your information with ours, so we can be your filer. Learn more on our privacy page.

4. Keep your WordPress up-to-date

Last April there was a global attack on WordPress websites. WordPress is a popular open-source blogging tool. At the time, there were over 90,000 IP addresses involved in the attack. Many of the websites that were hacked were still using older versions of WordPress, which made them easier targets.

5. Use secure wi-fi

If you're using public wi-fi, you should be careful about paying bills, making purchases, and even logging into personal accounts. Check this list of things you can do on your computer to help you stay secure on public wi-fi from gizmag.com. Also if you ever log into something like Facebook on a public computer, make sure you log out!

6. Be aware of what your apps are accessing

I know when I first download an app, I usually just click through all the pop ups without really paying attention to what they say. Many apps now ask for information such as your location, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they need that to work properly. Think twice about what information you really want to give them before you agree.

7. Check your privacy settings

Facebook tends to be the one we all hear about since they seem to be constantly changing their privacy settings, but that doesn't mean they're the only one you should worry about. You should also be aware of what you post. Consider how you would feel if it was suddenly public - would you still post it?

Find out more about this important holiday and get more online safety tips at StaySafeOnline.org.

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