Understanding how to protect your personal information online is essential in today’s wired world. Mihaylo ISDS Professor Ofir Turel discusses strategies for staying safe for National Data Privacy Day.
If you are like most college students, then you’re online for a significant portion of your day. Whether you’re signing up for classes, looking to buy a discounted course book, or just chatting with friends on Facebook, much of your daily life is lived online. According to Nielsen’s Total Audience Report, American adults use electronic media on average more than 11 hours per day. Digital media provides unprecedented opportunities for communication, shopping, research and entertainment, but it also raises a multitude of privacy concerns.
Your Personal Information May Be At Risk
The downside to living so much of your life online is that there are many ways your personal and financial information can be made available to people if they are interested in finding it. It’s important to protect yourself. Below, we offer a few tips on how to get started.
“Many users care about their privacy but fail to take proactive steps to maintain it,” says Ofir Turel, professor of information systems and decision sciences at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
To increase awareness of the need for online privacy, in 2014 the U.S. Congress designated January 28 as the annual National Data Privacy Day.