Keep IT Private
Everything you do online generates data. There is data about your activities, behaviors, and interests. There’s your personal data, like your social security and driver’s license numbers. And there’s data about the physical you, like health data. It’s easy to feel a lack of control over the information collected about you. However, there are steps you can take to learn about the types of data you’re generating online, and how it’s collected, shared, and used.
Tips for Owning Your Privacy:
Follow these steps to better manage your personal information and make informed decisions about who receives your data:
1. Understand the privacy/convenience tradeoff
Understand the privacy/convenience tradeoff:
- Make informed decisions about what to share.
- Consider the amount of data that apps collect vs the benefits you receive in return.
- Be wary of apps or services that require access to information that is not required or relevant for the services they offer.
- Keep your apps secure by updating them and deleting unused apps.
2. Manage your privacy
- Check the privacy and security settings on services and apps.
- Get started with NCA’s Manage Your Privacy Settings page for settings of social media accounts, retail stores, apps, and more.
3. Protect your data
- Data privacy and data security go hand in hand.
- Keep your data secure by creating long, unique passwords and store them in a password manager. Berkeley offers free LastPass Premium!
- Enable multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible, especially on accounts with sensitive information. MFA has been found to block 99.9% of automated attacks when enabled and can ensure your data is protected, even in the event of a data breach.
Learn more about data privacy at UC Berkeley:
Visit the Office of Ethics Privacy website. There you can learn more about things like protecting yourself from doxxing and other privacy-related resources.