It’s Data Privacy Day – Celebrate With Us!

In 2018 we saw data breaches compromise the information of millions of people. We were writing about them, what seemed like, every other week. So in 2019, what can we do about it? Unfortunately, data breaches are inevitable and there’s nothing you as an individual can do to prevent them. But, there are ways to minimize the damage.

Recently a poll found that 90% of people were very concerned about their online privacy. But most of us still don’t know what to do to protect our privacy online. This makes Data Privacy Day even more of an occasion. Read on for actionable insights to make yourself more secure.

What’s Data Privacy Day?

National Cyber Security Alliance are the same people that brought you Cyber Security Awareness Month back in October.

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day is “an international effort to empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust”. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What information have you shared online?
    • Companies are constantly collecting information about you as a consumer: what you purchase, where you live, even your friend list.
  • Who has access to this information?
    • Often third party advertisers have access and with all your consumer information these companies are prime targets for data-breaches.
  • What should you being doing to protect your information?
    • If you’re not sure, don’t worry. Our team is here to give you tips and tricks to protect your privacy online!

4 Tips to Protect Your Privacy Online

1. Be Proactive With Your Online Accounts

Can’t be too safe with all your online accounts.

2. Have Strong And Complex Passwords For All Your Accounts

  • The easiest way to protect your accounts is to have a good password. So first off, stay away from the Worst Passwords of 2018. Most of these are a guessable word or name – don’t do that.
  • Choose a passwords with symbols, numbers, and upper case letters mixed together. Do not reuse the same password across your accounts.
  • Forgot your password? Not a problem but make sure you have strong security questions when you want to reset it. For example, security question: what was the name of your childhood pet? Answer: OWtNoMDtwGi98 (Oscar was the name of my dog that we got in 1998).
  • Use two-factor authentication wherever possible. This means that you, the user, will provide two different ways to prove it’s really you, or authenticate yourself. Here are some 2FA apps to check out. Plus look at the example below:
You login with your password like regular. Then you’re also sent a code to your phone and have to input that to verify it’s really you trying to login.

3. Equip Your Cyber Security Tool Box With The Best Privacy Tools

  • Have you tried a Virtual Private Network (VPN)? A VPN creates a secure, private connection between your device and a remote server to encrypt your internet activity. Try NordVPN for $2.99/month here.
  • Be sure to run your FixMeStick once a month!
  • After you make those passwords strong and complex save them with Google’s or Edge’s built in password manager. Best part – they’re free!
  • Have an up-to-date antivirus to block malware from sneaking onto your computer and stealing your information. We recommend McAfee Total Protection – learn more here.
  • Mozilla Firefox has a new feature that will flag sites that have been breached in the past. It’ll make you think twice before entering personal information on a website, even if the website has “Https”.
Firefox Monitor will help keep your online accounts safe.

4. Stay On Top Of What’s Going On

  • This year we saw the GDPR passed into law giving European citizens more control over the data they’ve shared with companies.
  • In the US, California passed a bill regulating the default settings of Internet of Things devices so you’re more protected.
  • To stay up-to-date with the latest news follow us on Facebook – we’re always here to help!
This includes keeping an eye on your bank accounts to make sure nothing out of the ordinary is happening. And if it is, contact your bank right away.

With more and more of our lives happening online, we see more and more of our information being stored online too. Unfortunately, this information is not always secure and data breaches happen. This Data Privacy Day, and all year long, we’re here to help you with tips and tricks to better navigate your digital life.

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11 comments

  1. Jenni Reis - Reply

    What do you recommend i do when so many games request access to personal information, ( contacts, accessing device, etc). Do I just not install/ play them?
    J

    • FixMeStick - Reply

      Hello Jenni, great question. Next week on the blog we’re coming out with an article about online gaming– it will give you some guidance on this!

  2. Anonymous - Reply

    I would follow your advice if I could get my FixMeStick to work. I can’t and neither can my friend whom I bought it for a birthday present. I have a laptop and they have a PC. What is the problem with the boot and why can we not access it. The stick sounded like a solution – it is now a problem in that it does not work. I guess we have to realize there is no easy solution. Too bad.

    It sounded good though.

    Would not recommend your product. And trying to get in touch is almost impossible for someone, whom your product is targeting (aging, computer non literate). Give me your Mom’s email and perhaps she can help me.

    Not a satisfied customer.

    Thank you

    • FixMeStick - Reply

      Hey there, sorry to hear about this experience! If you comment again please leave your email so we can get in touch with you and regulate it! (Your email will not be posted on the site if you enter it where prompted). Alternatively you can always reach us at support@fixmestick.com or via live chat on http://www.fixmestick.com , we answer all inquiries.

  3. Gary Scott - Reply

    Hello – a loyal fixmestick user here – love the product.
    But a comment in this article confused me – use the password manager in your google or edge browser – I thought you folks absolutely recommended a separate third party password manager?
    And to the customer that cant get their fix me stick to work – reach out to the team at fix me stick – they are awesome and they WILL “fix it”.

    • FixMeStick - Reply

      Hey there Gary, good question! We do absolutely recommend a separate password manager, they’re the most secure out there and don’t even store your master password on their servers. However if you’re choosing between using the same password for all your accounts or using different complex passwords and storing them in your browser we’d recommend the latter. Hope this answers your question!

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