Happy Data Privacy Day!

Data Privacy Day (Jan 28) is almost upon us. Here are a couple ideas about how to celebrate by being more secure on the internet.

Take a moment to back up your important files! Whether you use a local USB drive or cloud storage is up to you, but be sure to use encryption for all confidential data.

Set up two-factor authentication (2FA) on your personal accounts. 2FA is a way of protecting your accounts beyond just a password. It typically involves using SMS text or a mobile app to sign in. Apple, Google, and Amazon all offer 2FA. Your employee data is already protected by 2FA in Workday.

Update your online account passwords. The most important thing to do is to always use unique passwords. Re-using passwords across systems puts you at higher risk for account compromise.

Secure your mobile phone and home computers by keeping up to date with operating system and application updates. Never download apps from sources other than the official Apple App Store or Google Play. Set a strong passcode on all mobile devices.

Be skeptical about any emails you receive about accounts or taxes. There is a heightened risk of tax scams this time of year. Your biggest clue that an email is a scam is if it is unsolicited and unexpected, especially if it contains a link or attachment.

Be careful when using public WiFi networks, which may be unsecured or compromised.

Check your credit reports for free through the Annual Credit Report website.

Check the FTC website regularly for scam alerts, including telephone scams.

Visit Stay Safe Online for tips on protecting your data online.

If you have been a victim of identity theft, learn more about recovery on the Federal Trade Commission’s IdentifyTheft.gov website.