Data Privacy Day - January 28

January 28, 2019

We all exist in digital form on the Internet. While online you leave a trail of your digital self in the form of cookies, GPS data, social media posts, browser searches, email exchanges... the list goes on. Your footprint is vast and once something is online, it can be there forever.

That’s what Data Privacy Day is all about. Recognizing that owning your online presence will help to protect your identity, finances, and reputation – both now and in the future.

Here are some steps to protect your online presence:

Smartphone Safety:

  • Use a strong passcode

  • Only use trusted apps from your phone’s app stores

  • Update phone and apps regularly


  • Use a unique password for each site

  • Use complex passwords and never share them

  • Using multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible (Do the CalNet 2-step!)

  • Use a password manager like LastPass


  • Check the privacy settings on all of your apps and social media accounts - don’t rely on the default settings

  • Guard your birth date and telephone number. These are key pieces of information used for verification, and you should not share them publicly

  • Keep your university and personal presences separate - use different accounts for each

But don't stop here; also check out these eight important cybersecurity habits to help protect your information, your family and your work.