#CyberAware is a family-friendly newsletter from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re highlighting how you can get involved in Data Privacy Day 2018, manage your and your family’s privacy in a growing “Internet of Me” and make it harder for fraudsters to use your personal information, along with recent online safety news.
Timely Resources From NCSA and Friends
- Your Privacy in a Growing Internet of Me: 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’s important to understand the value of your personal information and how to manage it when possible. This NCSA infographic highlights how to manage your privacy in a growing Internet of Me – and join the greater Data Privacy Day effort.
- Data Privacy Day 2018 – How to Get Involved: Data Privacy Day – coming up on Jan. 28 – is an internationally recognized day dedicated to creating awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Creating a global community that respects privacy, safeguards data and enables trust begins with you! This NCSA infographic shares STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™‘s simple, actionable advice you can use to educate your family about privacy at home – and share in the community, too.
- The State of the World’s Children 2017 – Children in a Digital World: For better and for worse, digital technology is an irreversible fact of our – and our children’s – lives. How we minimize the risks while maximizing access to the benefits will help shape the lives and futures of a new generation of digital natives. UNICEF set out to uncover how the internet and digital technology are helping and hindering children’s learning, well-being and social relationships. Explore these stories and learn about the urgent need to make the internet safer while increasing access to digital technology for every child, especially the most disadvantaged.
New Blog Posts
- Make It Harder for Fraudsters to Use Your Personal Information: You may follow cyber hygiene tips to protect your data, but when businesses have that information, you can’t control how well it’s safeguarded. Here are some simple steps you can take to make it harder for fraudsters to use your personal information if they get ahold of it.
- Shining a Light on Botnets: You have likely heard of some of the major cyberattacks in recent years, including those impacting Target and Sony – but you may not understand how these attacks are launched and the critical role played by botnets. This blog post explains what botnets are, how they operate and what you can do to protect your family’s computers and other devices from becoming part of a botnet.
Online Safety in the News
- ‘Password,’ ‘Monkey’ and the Other Terrible Passwords We Choose: Security company SplashData’s annual “worst passwords” list has 11 new entries after 2017, including “Starwars,” “Whatever” and “letmein.” Is your password on the list? Learn more about the analysis – which tracks popular and simple passwords – and how to make sure your passwords are strong and effective.
- Get Rid of Unwanted Apps: Using your social media account to log in to an app or website can be easier than creating a new user name and password. But, after a while, you can collect more apps and become registered on more websites than you really use. This can leave you open to cyberattacks, phishing and scams. Here are three ways to help ensure you’re not granting permissions to sites and apps you no longer want to have this access.
You Can Champion Data Privacy Day!
Data Privacy Day is Jan. 28. Sign up, take action and support the theme of Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust. Becoming a Champion is an easy and no-cost way to get involved in Data Privacy Day 2018. Learn more and sign up here.
Mark Your Calendar for Our Upcoming Twitter Chats
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Privacy Matters – Why You Should Care and What You Should Do
Wednesday, Jan. 10
3 p.m. EST/noon PST
Did you know that Jan. 28 is Data Privacy Day? This day reminds us of the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Data about yourself and your friends and family is continuously being collected and shared, which could affect your life in many ways. 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. This Twitter chat will discuss why privacy is important and what you can do to protect your personal information. Use #ChatSTC to join!
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Privacy in a Growing Internet of Me
Wednesday, Jan. 17
3 p.m. EST/noon PST
The Internet of Things – the increasingly connected world in which we live – is rapidly expanding. We love our convenient and fun tech devices – like personal assistants, wearables, speakers, cameras, TVs, cars, toys and appliances; however, it’s important to remember that connected devices are fueled by information about us, such as our behaviors and preferences –forming an Internet of Me rather than just an Internet of Things. This Twitter chat – in support of Data Privacy Day on Jan. 28 – will share how you can manage your Internet of Me and the personal information it collects.
#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Fostering a Culture of Privacy Awareness at Work
Wednesday, Jan. 24
3 p.m. EST/noon PST
Data Privacy Day is only a few days away, and it’s a great time to think about how your business collects, stores, manages and uses data. Personal information about customers, vendors and/or employees may be valuable to your business – but the protection of that data and transparency of its use is something consumers highly value, too. In this Twitter chat, we’ll discuss the importance of safeguarding data at your organization, things to consider in protecting this information and how you can foster a culture of privacy awareness at all levels. Use #ChatSTC to join!
Tune In to Data Privacy Day 2018 – Live From LinkedIn
On Thursday, Jan. 25, the National Cyber Security Alliance will mark Data Privacy Day 2018 with an event streamed live from LinkedIn in San Francisco. This event will feature engaging panels, TED-style talks and interviews focusing on the latest privacy issues you should know about.
- Looking Into a Crystal Ball: What Your Data Says About You
- Five Things You Can Do to Manage Your Privacy Now
- Staying Competitive – Why Privacy is Good for Your Business
This event will be streaming directly on staysafeonline.org.
Mark your calendars! We hope you will join us for this exciting virtual event.