Consumer Identity Protection

Maintain My Privacy

Personal data has become a highly valued commodity that many people give away for free, often without fully understanding the impact to personal privacy. Below are simple tips and useful resources to help you protect your personal privacy online.

Consumers can take charge of their personal privacy online at work or at home by applying some common sense best practices:

  • Limit the amount of information you share about yourself on social networks.
  • Don't use employer-owned devices or networks for personal business.
  • Turn off geo-location tracking for most mobile apps that don't require it.
  • Always log out of online and mobile apps when you're finished using them.
  • Open Wi-Fi hot spots should not be trusted - investigate before connecting and avoid using open Wi-Fi to conduct sensitive transactions.
  • Use multi-factor authentication for email and other online accounts that offer it.
  • Keep devices current with the latest software and security updates.
  • Be sure you understand and make appropriate adjustments to the privacy settings of the internet services, mobile apps and devices you use.

Additional Privacy Resources:

Privacy Library – Provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Data Privacy Day:
The NCSA's Privacy Library is a collection of curated online resources and blogs containing explainer videos, expert advice, and detailed tips for protecting personal privacy.

International Privacy Resources:
The National Cyber Security Alliance has assembled a helpful list of international privacy resources provided in multiple languages by both non-profit and government organizations.

Take the Privacy IQ Quiz:
Find out if you are a privacy pro or need to learn more to protect your personal information online with the My Privacy IQ quiz. Answer 10 simple questions and receive a score with helpful privacy pointers.

Check Your Privacy Settings:
Learn how to check – and if necessary, update – your privacy and security settings for your favorite electronic devices and online services.

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