January 28 is Data Privacy Day
Who has your personal information?
cyberHACC is the Office of Information Services & Technology monthly information security newsletter. Each month our newsletter will feature a topic relevant to the security of your data, devices, as well as covering best practices related to the handling of information.

Data about you can be used in a variety of ways, sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect or even approve. That’s why it is important to understand the value of your personal information and how to manage it when possible.

Today we conduct much of our lives on the internet and on our connected devices, yet few people understand that enormous amounts of personal information is collected and shared. When you use your fun connected tech devices, like personal assistants, wearables, speakers, cameras, TVs, cars, toys and appliances, you are continuously generating information about yourself and others. This data can be stored indefinitely, and our personal information can be used in both beneficial and unwelcome ways. Even seemingly innocuous information – such as your favorite restaurants or items you purchase online – can be used to make inferences about your socioeconomic status, preferences and more.

This abundance of data can be stolen by bad actors or used in negative ways.
Data Privacy Day (DPD) is an annual international event held each year on January 28th to promote awareness about the many ways personal information is collected, stored, used, and shared. It is also an opportunity to provide education about privacy practices that will enable individuals to protect their personal information.
  • Personal info is like money: value it. Protect it. Information about you, such as your purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. You should delete unused apps, keep others current and review app permissions.
  • Share with care. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future.
  • Own your online presence. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information.
  • Think before you act. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your geographic location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through websites and apps.
  • Lock down your login. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media. Strengthen online accounts and use strong authentication tools like a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
Additional Resources:

An email has been sent to all employees asking them to participate in cybersecurity training on the topic of phishing attacks. Thanks to AIG (HACC's cybersecurity insurance provider) and their partnership with TechGuard Security®, we can offer this short training module to increase everyone’s cybersecurity awareness.

The email will come from cybersecurity=hacc.edu@inspiredlms.com and will contain instructions on how to access the training.
Watch for more tips each month to raise your
Cybersecurity I.Q. and help keep HACC’s data safe!
Information provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance and StopThinkConnect.org
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