At the beginning of a new decade in today’s hyper-connected world, it’s prime time to think about a new, improved digital you. By taking some smart, simple steps, you can greatly impact the safety and security of your online identity.
This animated PSA encourages viewers to learn more about how to protect their digital identity by visiting the National Cyber security Alliance at staysafeonline.org.
Here are some recommendations for a New Digital You:
Re-invent yourself with a different online identity. If a site asks you for sensitive, personal information – like your email and/or mailing address, Social Security Number, birth date, phone number, etc. – consider “re-inventing” your digital persona by sharing alternative answers to those queries that ONLY you would know. An “alter-internet” persona will help limit tracking by search engines, websites and apps.
Share with care. Be aware that when you post a picture or message, you may also be inadvertently sharing personal details and sensitive data with strangers about yourself, family and friends. It is also OK to limit who can see your information and what you share.
Lock down your login. Create long and unique passphrases for all accounts and use multi-factor authentication wherever possible. A strong passphrase is a sentence that is at least 12 characters long. Multi-factor authentication will fortify your accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics or a unique one-time code sent to your phone or mobile device.
The National Cyber Security Alliance builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cyber security. Visit staysafeonline.org to learn more.
Their website staysafeonline.org provides the most up-to-date information on a wide range of cyber security topics including: online safety basics, identity theft and cyber crime, privacy management, and offers free security checkups and tools.
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