Rebecca Herold
The Privacy
Tip of the Month 
 Halloween is just around the corner, but it's not the only frightful event taking place. While trick-or-treating, apple cider and fun-size Snickers are pretty harmless, the truly frightening responsibility everyone has is keeping information out of the dangerous hands of cybercriminals who are increasingly gaining access to private data. Here are some tips to keep you, your job and personal information safe:
As you go about your day-to-day responsibilities, interacting with entities outside of work, always remember that there are data protection laws you must follow to protect personally identifiable information (PII) at every turn. Keep these guidelines in mind:
Read the privacy policies on any website you visit. If you don't like what you see, either contact the site owner and communicate your concerns, or just avoid the site.
Know your own company's privacy policy. This is a legally binding promise, and all employees must ensure that their work activities support keeping that promise.
Know and follow your company's information security policies. Your organization is legally obligated to protect data, and part of that requirement is to have information security policies that all personnel must follow.
Be careful what you post online. If you post something someone else has created or said, give the author credit. And never post anything about others that might be untrue.

Be careful what you do online. You can never really be "anonymous" on the Internet. Technologies and laws can be used to discover almost any type of online activity.
 Even if you mistakenly put something on a site, then delete it, you can never truly be sure it's gone. Copies can be made in the blink of an eye, and you'd never know it until your post is duplicated elsewhere.

Thank you, stay safe, and talk to you next month.
Rebecca Herold,
The Privacy Professor 
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