Data Privacy Day 2019

Do you use social media? Have you made an online purchase? Have you clicked the “I agree” button without reading the fine print of a website’s Terms of Service? If so, there’s a chance that your personal and private information has been compromised.

“There are websites and apps we use every day that collect, store, process and share all kinds of information on us, freely given by us, and that information is generally being used to commercially exploit us,” said Doug Welch, Baylor University’s chief privacy officer. “It can get downright scary. So, we need to be aware of what information is being collected and educated as to how we can protect that information.”

On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 Baylor University kicks off a weeklong awareness campaign in conjunction with Data Privacy Day, an international effort launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to educate people about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Below are some links to stories and tips to help build awareness of privacy and cyber security issues. 

2019 Data Privacy Day Stories and Tips

Baylor Seeks to Educate, Raise Awareness of Data Privacy and Cyber Security

Baylor University will kick off a weeklong awareness campaign in conjunction with Data Privacy Day, an international effort launched by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to educate people about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust.

Baylor Privacy Officer Shares Seven ‘Pre-Spring Cleaning’ Tips to Protect Personal Information

A few simple steps taken today to protect personal and private information can save people from a nightmare of future challenges, said Doug Welch, Baylor University’s chief privacy officer.

Duo Two-Factor Authentication Bolsters Security of University’s Information Resources

Over the past three years, Baylor University has taken major steps forward to protect the security of its most vital, widely-accessed University and personal information resources by implementing Duo two-factor authentication across all of its online resources.

Baylor Privacy Officer Explains Five Ethical Principles that Should Drive Data Privacy Discussions

The method of collecting information and how that information is then used and shared are key factors to consider when creating privacy policies, said Doug Welch, Baylor University’s chief privacy officer. But what drives those considerations and decisions?

BearAware: Tips to Secure Your Passwords

The first step in securing your password is to ensure that the password itself is as strong as possible. Many online platforms now enforce strong passwords, but here are some general guidelines to create passwords that will stand up (for a long while at least) to any sort of brute force attack.

BearAware: How to Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams

Phishing is the most common form of cyber attack and often shows up via email. Learn what it is, how to identify it and see how Baylor takes steps to alert the community about the latest phishing scams. 

BearAware: Social Networking Security Tips 

Social media platforms can pose significant personal risks if they are not navigated carefully. Here are some very basic tips to keep in mind while connecting and engaging with others online.