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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.
Ask to be put on do-not-call and do-not-mail lists when possible.
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.
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.