Jan 28, 2022, 10:40 AM
Riaan De Villiers
To support International Privacy Day, we provide some tips to protect your privacy.
International Privacy Day
On 28 January 1981, Convention 108, an international treaty to address the need to protect personal data was opened for signature in Strasbourg. International Privacy Day commemorates Convention 108 as a global event these days. The goal of the day is to raise awareness of the importance of data privacy.
Data breaches are on the increase, and data protection is more important than ever. Governments and companies are moving to address privacy and data security issues, but it is still very important that individuals take action to protect themselves.
Below are three tips to help individuals manage their private personal information.
Understand the privacy/convenience trade-off
There are numerous applications that provide free or low costs services to consumers. In return, they request access to your personal data, for example, location, address book, messages, etc. Before providing your personal data, consider the personal information they request in return for their services.
Weigh the benefits of the service against the data they request. There is no good reason a simple game needs access to your messages and gallery. If the personal information they request access to is not required for the service they deliver, it might be a good idea to rather uninstall the app.
You can manage your privacy
Many apps allow you to customise the privacy settings. Take a look at the privacy and security settings available in the app and set them to your comfort level.
Protect your data
Although data privacy and cybersecurity are two different concepts, you should take measures to protect your data and your privacy. Here are some easy ways to protect yourself:
- Use strong unique passwords. The more complex the password, the harder it will be to guess.
- Use multi-factor authentication. Adding an additional factor of authentication, where possible, could spare you from an attack. Research from Microsoft suggests that multi-factor authentication can block up to 99.9% of automated attacks.
- Update your software. By ensuring that your software is up to date, you can protect yourself from attacks that leverage old out of date software.
While privacy is becoming more important and organisations are doing more to protect data and privacy, it is vital that individuals take steps to protect themselves. Together we can help fight cybercrime.