What is Data Privacy?

Data privacy is the right of a person to have control over how their personal information is collected and used. “Privacy” became a widely accepted concept over a century ago, it started with the protection over one’s home and grew to what is know today as the control of one’s personal information.

As technology advances, awareness of how the technology is used and what information is collects falls behind. This lack of awareness is an advantage for not only cyber-criminals, but for data brokers and advertisers as well.

Data Privacy Tips

There are a couple of tips to help protect your data privacy.
  • Stick with Instant Messaging Apps that Offer End-to-End Encryption: According to Keeper, not all instant messaging apps have end-to-end encryption, which means your private messages may not be private or safe from cybercriminals.
  • Avoid Unsecured Public Wi-Fi: With remote work here to stay, the temptation to work from your favorite diner, hotel, or coffee shop is almost too good to pass up; however, these Wi-Fi networks are often “secured” by extremely weak passwords shared amongst many, making them insecure. Avoiding the use of public Wi-Fi can increase your data privacy.
  • Practice Secure Password Habits: It is important to establish strong passwords on every account because passwords provide the first line of defense. With a strong password, it is harder for cybercriminals to hack into your systems.

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Information is power and knowing is half the battle. Keep your information safe and always be careful when downloading and running apps on your device. Always keep them updated and use your smartphone’s privacy setting to further manage your personal security. Let First National Bank LI help you feel safe and informed when it comes to cybersecurity!
For more helpful info visit our Cybersecurity Center!