To commemorate Data Privacy Day – an international effort held annually on Jan. 28 to generate awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust – the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) hosted an afternoon event, which was streamed live from LinkedIn’s offices in San Francisco, CA.
Virtual private networks, or VPNs, have become a popular privacy tool. We are hearing about VPNs more and more often. Television commercials about VPNs are becoming more common, and one company ran a full-page ad in the New York Times. Major internet service providers have launched their own VPNs, as have adult websites.
This all begs the question: What even is a VPN and should we all be using one?
While the benefits consumers receive from sharing their data are undeniable, we need to ensure that private information is used appropriately. Otherwise, consumers like me will be reluctant to try new technologies, and we are likely to see an erosion of the benefits of these new technologies. That’s why it is critically important to develop comprehensive federal privacy legislation in the United States.
#CyberAware is a monthly family-friendly update from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). This month, we’re sharing tips for catching and preventing child identity theft, advice for keeping older adults safer online and how to update the privacy settings on some common household devices and services.
With so much personal data being transmitted across what is at times a public landscape, the need to understand online privacy and security is more important than ever.