By Stephanie Hopper, Information Security Engineer
Today is Data Privacy Day, highlighted internationally as a way of raising awareness and promoting data privacy and protection. Data Privacy Day has been observed annually on January 28 in the U.S. since 2009.
On this day, and every day, it makes sense to consider how much information about you is freely available to strangers. How much access do you grant social networks to your likes, hobbies and personal information? Data Privacy Day encourages you to ask these types of questions, and to look after, value and protect your privacy. Following are some actions you can take to protect yourself:
Share with care.
What you post can last a lifetime: Before posting online, think about how it might be perceived now and in the future and who might see it. Is it something you’d be comfortable letting your family or employer see?
Own your online presence: Set the privacy and security settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for sharing information. It’s okay to limit how and with whom you share information.
Be aware of what’s being shared: Be aware that when you share a post, picture or video online, you may also be revealing information about others. Be thoughtful about when and how you share information about others.
Post only about others as you would have them post about you: The golden rule applies online as well.
Personal information: value it – protect it.
Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
Get two steps ahead: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication, when offered, to prevent unauthorized access.
Educate yourself: Read the privacy policies of the companies with which you do business and online sites you visit frequently. If something makes you uncomfortable, it’s probably best to go elsewhere.
How does CenturyLink secure customer information?
We take the security of our customer information seriously and do several things to protect it:
We have administrative, physical and technical controls in place to safeguard it;
We train our employees on the importance of protecting it; and
We require companies that have access to our information for such things as marketing or planning, or otherwise supporting our services, to keep information about you confidential and secure.