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Data Privacy Month (January 28-February 28, 2014)

Data Privacy Month (DPM) is an annual effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint, as well as escalate the protection of privacy and data as everyone's priority. Data privacy is complex, but there are finite steps you can take to protect your personal and University private data.

These steps are taken from the global cybersecurity awareness campaign STOP. THINK. CONNECT.:


  • Keep a clean machine. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

  • Secure your accounts. Create long, strong and unique passwords and enable multi-factor authentication for online accounts.

  • Own your online presence. Set privacy and security settings on websites and social networks to your comfort level of sharing.

  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots. If you're online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.

  • Disable auto-connect. Check your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings to be sure you connect manually to networks you trust. Automatically connecting to Wi-Fi can leave you vulnerable to hackers and others.

  • Think before you app. Understand what information an app accesses on your mobile device. The Raytheon study found less than half (44 percent) of Millenials read the privacy policy of an app before they download it.

Data Privacy Month Avwareness Video