Protect Your Privacy

In addition to practicing good general IT security, take these steps to help preserve your privacy:

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Know and Update Your Privacy Settings

Choose your own privacy settings instead of accepting the automatic ones.

Make sure you are sharing only the information you want to share and only sharing it with the people with whom you want to share it. StaySafeOnline has a one-stop shop page with links to instructions for reviewing and updating privacy settings for many apps, devices, operating systems, and online services. See StaySafeOnline: Check Your Privacy Settings.

Consider using private web browsers or browser settings.

Choose What You Share and Where You Share It

Only share what you are comfortable sharing.

If someone, such as a cashier at a store, asks for information such as your phone number, you can ask why they need it and can often say that you prefer not to provide it.

Be skeptical when you are offered rewards or discounts in exchange for your personal information. Consider the value of your privacy preferences versus the rewards or discounts.

Store and share sensitive data securely.

Check the Sensitive Data Guide to learn where to safely store and share different types of sensitive university data. Do not, for example, store such data in OneDrive (included in Microsoft Office 365), Apple iCloud, DropBox, EverNote, or other commercial cloud storage services that the university does not have Business Associates Agreements with.

Check the Information Gathered About You

Look for and read privacy policies, especially when disclosing data about yourself.

Get your free credit report, and challenge any inaccuracies you find in it.

Beware of Attempts to Steal Your Personal Information

Beware of phishing.

Do not open attachments in email or click suspicious links. You can hover your curser over links in email to reveal the URL to be sure it is safe before clicking it. See What to Watch for: Phishing Examples.

Look for https at the beginning of the URL or web address when making purchases or sharing data on the web.