Wombat Security Technologies Honors "Data Privacy Day" With Five Key Security Tips
PITTSBURGH, PA, Jan 29, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
As a champion of "Data Privacy Day," a nationally recognized day to
acknowledge the empowerment of all people to protect their privacy,
control their digital footprint and escalate the protection of data
privacy, Wombat Security Technologies (Wombat) is offering five
practical data privacy tips to help people protect their identity and
valuable data. In a time featuring high profile identity and data
privacy hacks like the Manti Te'O scandal, Sony breach litigation and
LinkedIn password debacle, data privacy has never been more of a
concern to all citizens and businesses alike. The following tips can
help safeguard personal data and protect users from embarrassing and
costly data breaches.
1. Don't enter sensitive information on Social Media sites. Sensitive
information includes your address, phone number, place of birth, date
of birth, or children's birthdays. Each one of these pieces of
information, when combined with other public information, could be
used to create a believable scam or steal your identity.
2. Don't download apps that use your address book. Assuming your
contact information has the names of your family, friends, and
colleagues this is a treasure trove of data that gives people,
sometimes the wrong people, a lot of information about you.
3. Turn off geotagging for photos, or social media posts. This piece
of information lets people know where you are at any given moment.
4. Check your privacy settings. Do you really know what information
your browser, email system, or social media networks are collecting
about you and how this information might be shared Do you know who
all the friends of your friends are That could be a pretty big
group. If you use a "friends-of-friends" setting you could be sharing
your posts and photos with thousands of people.
5. Don't share or use passwords on multiple systems. It is never
smart to share your password with someone else. Sharing your password
gives this person access to log-in under your name and do whatever
they want. There will be no way to prove whether you downloaded that
sensitive data or published that social media post, or whether your
"friend" did. Also, if you use the same password for many systems,
anyone who has your password now has the password for all of the
systems you use.
Teaching people how to protect their privacy is fundamental to
keeping themselves and their employer safe. Wombat has developed a
library of software training solutions, including Social Engineering
Assessments and Interactive Software Training modules that leverage
memorable lessons to teach employees how to avoid cyber-attacks.
Wombat's modules cover the most current privacy hot buttons like
Smartphone Security, Safe Social Networks, Personally Identifiable
Information (PII), Security Beyond the Office, and Password Security.
About Data Privacy Day
Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day began
in the United States and Canada in January 2008 as an extension of
the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates
the 1981 signing of Convention 108 -- the first legally binding
international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data
Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and an effort to empower
people to protect their privacy, control their digital footprint and
escalate the protection of data privacy as everyone's priority.
Wombat Security Technologies and its Privacy Background
Wombat was founded in 2008, by three faculty members of the Carnegie
Mellon University's School of Computer Science. The three
co-founders, Drs. Norman Sadeh, Jason Hong, and Lorrie Cranor are all
active leaders in the Company and internationally recognized
authorities in Privacy and Security. Drs. Sadeh and Cranor also
co-founded and co-direct the first ever Master's of Science program
in Privacy Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, a program
created to address growing industry demand for formally trained
Today Wombat is helping Fortune 1000 customers, large government
agencies and small to medium businesses in segments such as finance,
banking, higher education, retail, technology, energy, insurance, and
consumer packaged goods strengthen their cyber security defenses. For
more information, visit www.wombatsecurity.com or contact Lorraine
Kauffman-Hall at 704-882-0443 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE: Wombat Security Technologies, Inc.
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