Information, Technology & Consulting

Keep What's Private, Private

There are no true secrets online.

You exist in digital form all over the Internet: It’s important to ensure the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment, but also to protect your identity and finances.

You can take specific steps to protect your online information, identity, and privacy:

Use a unique password for each site. Hackers often use previously compromised information to access other sites. Choosing unique passwords keeps that risk to a minimum.

See our ITS Knowledge Base article about creating a strong password.

Use a password manager. Using an encrypted password manager to store your passwords makes it easy to access and use a unique password for each site.

Check out PCMag's Best Password Managers of 2017

Know what you are sharing. Check the privacy settings on all of your social media accounts; some even include a wizard to walk you through the settings. Always be cautious about what you post publicly.

Read about privacy risk with social media in the Huffington Post.

Guard your date of birth and telephone number. These are key pieces of information used for verification, and you should not share them publicly. If an online service or site asks you to share this critical information, consider whether it is important enough to warrant it.

There are no true secrets online. Use the postcard or billboard test: Would you be comfortable with everyone reading a message or post? If not, don't share it.

Questions about any of these suggestions? Contact the help desk for more information.

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