Experts stress importance of data privacy

January 27, 2017 07:01 PM

"International Data Privacy Day" is Saturday. It’s a day to brush up on keeping your personal information secure online.

As more and more of us are online and using more devices connected to the internet, data privacy has become more important than ever. It's not just here. "Data Privacy Day" is practiced worldwide.

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"It's an opportunity for us to refresh our data privacy practices, to take a look at what's new," explained Amy Kramer with AT&T.

Kramer says people should use the day Saturday to make sure any new devices they got are properly protected.

"A lot of us receive new devices at the holidays and need to learn how to protect ourselves online and our personal data," noted Kramer.

One of the best ways to protect yourself is also the simplest -- have a strong password.

"A strong password is the guard at the door of your account, keeping the bad guys out," pointed out Kramer.

A 2016 study found that 58 percent of people use passwords on multiple sites and studies have found some of the most popular passwords remain "12345" and "password."

Experts say your password should contain upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols and be something you can remember.

However, even if you have a strong password, hackers can get your data other ways.

"Most of us will get an online infection from clicking on a link, an online ad, something unsolicited. Trust your instinct. If it seems suspicious, resist that curiosity to open it," urged Kramer.

Experts also say be careful what you share. People trying to break into your accounts might be able to pick up clues to your passwords by what you post, or guess your security questions from information you post online.


WNYT Staff

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