Does that new fitness app you downloaded really need to read your text messages, access your phone status and identity of callers and modify or delete contents of the USB storage on your device? It’s tempting to skip past the list of permissions when you install an app, but it might be nice to know what you’re actually giving it permission to do, and you may even be able to deny some of those permissions and still use the app.
The cybersecurity industry reminds you annually to do a privacy check by observing Data Privacy Day on January 28. Data Privacy Day is an international effort to raise awareness and educate about the privacy of personal data and information in a digitally dependent world. With so much information to share, Data Privacy Day is also the kickoff of Data Privacy Month, which runs through February 28.
The following resources will help you learn more about protecting your personal and financial information. They include information and tips on a variety of topics related to data privacy.
- Check Your Privacy Settings: StaySafeOnline.org has compiled a list of how to check privacy settings on the most popular websites and programs.
- Keep Your Personal Information Secure: Protecting your personal information and what you share can reduce your risk of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers up some great tips.
- Limiting Unwanted Calls and Emails
The FTC lists the ways to reduce the number of reduce the number of unwanted messages you get by phone and online.