In honor of Data Privacy Day Jan. 28, Partners wants to remind you about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Here are some helpful tips you can use at home to protect your privacy online.

OWN YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE. Set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. Each device, application or browser you use will have different features to limit how and with whom you share information.

SHARE WITH CARE. Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. It’s a good idea to review your social network friends and all contact lists to ensure everyone still belongs.

LOCK DOWN YOUR LOGIN. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like your personal email, banking and social media. Turn on the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code sent to your mobile device.

THINK BEFORE YOU APP. Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contacts list, where you shop and your location, has tremendous value. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and understand how it’s collected through apps.

KEEP A CLEAN MACHINE. Keep all software, operating systems (mobile and PC) and apps up to date to protect data loss from infections and malware.

LOG OUT, BEFORE YOU CLOSE OUT. Website browsers can store sensitive information like usernames, passwords, account balances, etc. in their memory long after you leave the site. Log out of websites before you close your browser to clear the memory and prevent potential information leaks.

To learn how to own your online presence, visit For more information, contact your Information Security Officer or Privacy Officer.

This article was published in the 01/26/18 Hotline issue.