When was the last time you Googled yourself?
January 28th is European Privacy Day, a day of international attention to personal data and the importance of protecting it properly. Being conscious of this from time to time can protect a lot of your valuable information.
Why don't you Google yourself (or a colleague) today and make yourself and others aware of what can be found online.
To make it easy for you, here are a few additional tips:
- Know what can be found about yourself: occasionally check the privacy settings on all your devices and (social media) accounts to make sure you only share the things you want to share. By default, a lot of information is set to 'public'.
- Delete apps and accounts you no longer use.
- Use a password manager to create strong and unique passwords for all your accounts, this will prevent your data from being stolen.
- Be careful about opening links from people you don't know, this could be an attempt to steal your data. Above all, don't just click on suspicious links in emails.
- Increasingly, computer viruses are being used to collect private data from you. Make sure it is up-to-date and if your laptop or computer does not have one, put one on, for instance via Surfspot.
- As a VU employee, you have the option of using SURF's EduVPN free of charge. This creates a closed and secure network connection over an existing network.