January is Data Privacy Month, and Saturday, January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual event designed to promote awareness about privacy and education about best privacy practices. As our lives increasingly rely on computers, to do homework, communicate with our friends and family, make online purchases, and more, the safety of our personal information is more important than ever. And there are steps that every internet user can take to understand the private information that web services collect about us and to manage how they use it, ensuring that it’s only available to the people we’ve approved to access it.
In honor of Data Privacy Month, author Matt Ivester is offering his book lol, OMG! What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying free for download from January 27-30. Ivester will also lead a free webinar on online reputation management on January 30 at 1 p.m. For more information on the book and webinar, visit MyNewSchool campus announcements.
In addition, StaySafeOnline.org, sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, and OnGuardOnline.gov, by the U.S. government source, offer tips to help you lead a safe, secure and responsible life online. For more info on online data privacy and you, visit The New School’s Information Security site.