Last updated: January 28, 2023, 6:05 AM IST
DATA PRIVACY DAY 2023: In recent years, the digital world has experienced tremendous growth that was hard to imagine two decades ago. People are driven to enter the digital world, be it for online shopping or digital payments. However, with practically everything available online and easily accessible with a few clicks, securing data is a top priority for everyone.
To use most online services, you need to provide basic information such as name, address and sometimes even bank details. However, we need to rethink what we disclose about ourselves, when and where we share it, and with whom as a result of our growing reliance on digital technologies to handle every aspect of life. Failure to protect one’s privacy can lead to exploitation in addition to financial losses.
Data Privacy Day is celebrated today, January 28, to raise awareness of the value of online privacy, which has been declared a fundamental right of a citizen. The Council of Europe decided on April 26, 2006 to create a Data Protection Day and announced that this day will be celebrated every year on January 28, the day when the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as as “Convention 108”, Data Protection Day is now celebrated worldwide and is known as Privacy Day outside Europe.
Tips you can follow to protect your data from unwanted breaches
- Protect your IDs and passwords
Create strong passwords for all your accounts, whether social media accounts or accounts related to financial transactions.
- Avoid over sharing on social media
Everyone likes to share snippets of their life on social media, but always make sure to limit sharing of personal information on social media platforms or messaging applications.
- Protect your devices
It is essential to have anti-theft hardware and software installed on laptops and desktops that contain critical personal information.
- Update software and applications regularly
Data leaks are often caused by outdated applications or software that may have weaker security levels. This makes updating it from time to time very important as it fixes any security issues.
- Pay attention to any size of the data breach
Always be on the lookout for phishing attempts in emails, advertisements, and unknown websites that ask for your information, such as phone numbers and email IDs.
- Maximize privacy settings
To ensure that your accounts and the data on them are secure, enable multi-factor authentication on your social media accounts where possible. This provides a secondary layer of protection for your accounts and prevents unwanted breaches.
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