Protect your data and help promote privacy

Today is Data Privacy Day, and Towson University joins the National Cyber Security Alliance in this global effort as a 2019 Data Privacy Day Champion.

Data Privacy Day was created to bring awareness of the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. Privacy is a year-round priority at TU, but the Office of Information Security uses Data Privacy Day 2019 to highlight the theme “respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.”

Join the Data Privacy Day effort

  • Follow the Office of Information Security on Twitter @TowsonInfoSec for tips and cybersecurity updates
  • Check out the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s  STOP.THINK.CONNECT. website.
  • Explore the resources below for protecting personal information at work and at home.

Protect your Privacy

At home:

  • Evaluate accounts and device privacy settings. Configure settings on personal accounts to your liking, which makes it more difficult for intruders to steal your personal and financial information, plus it is a best practice while using the internet.
  • Personal information is like money – you should value & protect it. Consider how your personal info is collected through apps and websites.
  • Share with care. Think about what you post online: What does it reveal about you or others? Who might see it? How could it be perceived in the future?
  • Protect your passwords. Don’t share them with anyone!

At TU:

  • Watch the OTS Training video about handling confidential data at TU.
  • Check out the Data Privacy webpage for more resources and to learn about types of data, how it is classified and handled at TU.
  • Visit the Password Guidelines webpage to learn how to create strong passwords.
  • Need to reset an expired TU account password? Watch OTS Training’s Computer Therapy video to learn how.
  • Report suspicious or phishing emails by using the “Report phish” button in the email in your Outlook account.
  • If you believe your account has been compromised or you need technical assistance, submit a TechHelp service request or contact OTS at 410-704-5151.
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This post was written by Weldon, Jennifer