The Stay Safe Online Blog
This Tuesday, February 11th, is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide awareness effort to make the Internet a safer place and to harness the power of the Internet for good.
"For those who would frame data privacy as the individual-versus-corporations or individual-versus-government, there are more constructive approaches to protecting privacy than adversarial ones," writes NCSA executive director Michael Kaiser on the annual observation of Data Privacy Day. "And that's why the theme of Data Privacy Day is Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust."
"To avoid accidentally selling your identity on eBay or providing access to your bank accounts in the form of a broken tablet in the trash, you need to take secure measures to wipe the data clean," writes Frank Milia of IT Asset Management Group (ITAMG). "The good news is that many of the drive manufacturers have provided secure erasure utilities built into the disks."
In the last #ChatDPD before Data Privacy Day Jan. 28, iKeepSafe, SpiderOak, ISACA and the International Association of Privacy Professionals joined NCSA to discuss best practices for businesses regarding privacy ethics and good data stewardship.
SpiderOak's Chip Black takes a look back at Ted Nelson's seminal 1974 works on computing and how they're relevant as ever in online privacy discussions 40 years later.
Today, Target announced that has NCSA joined a coalition Target is creating with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to initiate an education campaign to help people stay safer online.
"It's the start of a new year -- a time to look at our habits with fresh eyes, make positive changes and tackle life with renewed energy and enthusiasm," writes Linnette Attai of iKeepSafe. "It's also a great time to take a look at your digital footprint, and those of your children, and see if there are changes to be made there as well."
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.'s first #ChatSTC of 2014 covered helpful online safety tips to start the new year, and discussed changes to gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains with the Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA), the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
In the latest Twitter chat leading up to Data Privacy Day 2014, EDUCAUSE, AT&T, the Center on Media and Child Health and researcher Mary Madden from Pew Internet & American Life Project provided insight and tips about navigating the online world safely and securely, one privacy check-up at a time.
"The coming addition of 1,400 new top-level domains will launch exciting, new online business models and experiences for Internet users," says NCSA's Ryan Pretzer. "But the expansion will also increase the potential for cybersquatting. If we are to limit consumer fraud and confusion, businesses and the public must be made aware of its dangers."
Heather M. Federman, Policy & Outreach Director at the Online Trust Alliance, provides her New Year "data resolutions" for businesses to open 2014.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), Reputation.com and others from the victims' services community joined NCSA to share advice and resources that help survivors of domestic or sexual violence control their online presence in recognition of Data Privacy Day. This transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Reputation.com's Leslie Hobbs covers how to create a positive personal and professional presence online. "The potential to make the Internet work for you exists," she writes. "it just requires a bit of legwork and a lot of thought."
Frances Henderson, CIPP, and Emma Fletcher, CIPP, deliver the second installment in the Council of Better Business Bureaus' series, "Privacy Basics for the Savvy Small Business", by discussing how companies should approach reviewing and updating their privacy policies.
"In the Digital Age, one way a victim can start to feel empowered again is through controlling her privacy," writes Reputation.com's Leslie Hobbs, who offers some guidance that anyone can use to guard their personal information.
Data Privacy Day and guests AT&T (@ATTSmallBiz), Private WiFi (@Privatewifi) and Application Developers Alliance (@AppsAlliance) discussed privacy on-the-go for individuals and small businesses during this second #ChatDPD.
In her second entry in the Data Privacy Day guest blog series, iKeepSafe's Linnette Attai expands on the conversation around data security and schools with a new paper that outlines concerns and serves as a guide for dialogue on assessing and implementing systems and practices.
Privacy specialist Andrew McDevitt of AvePoint explains why the global privacy community should rally around Data Privacy Day this January 28: to heighten public awareness of privacy concerns and promote strong data stewardship practices among individuals and businesses.
Private Wifi and the Identity Theft Resource Center have released a new infographic, "The Ultimate Guide to Staying Safe on Public Wifi", which offers insight into about the overall consumer privacy beliefs in WiFi hotspots.
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