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TORONTO, ON, January 19, 2021

Starting this year, what was previously known as Data Privacy Day has been expanded to Data Privacy Week in recognition of how important online data privacy has become.

Now more than ever, it’s important to take stock of your personal information and the sites and devices it’s stored on as we conduct more of our daily activities online. The more information you share about yourself (as well as your friends and family), the more risk there is that you may become a victim of online threats like identity theft, cyber-stalking, and cyber-bullying.

Follow these tips on how to protect your online information, identity, and privacy.

  • Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it. Information about you has value – just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it’s collected through apps and websites. It’s also important to make sure you know where your personal information may be exposed online. Be sure to keep your Online Monitoring list up to date so we can alert you as soon as possible when your information is found so you can take action.
  • Lock down your login. Add an extra layer of protection by activating Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) whenever it is available. With 2FA, even if a cybercriminal steals your password, they won’t be able to access your account. When you use 2FA a unique code will be sent to you, usually by text message, to verify that it’s you trying to access your account.
  • Sharing isn’t always caring. As much as we love our family and friends, most fraud victims know the person who victimized them. Your online accounts contain a lot of sensitive personal information that can be used fraudulently. Keep your passwords to yourself and stay safe.
  • Secure your devices. Make sure your devices are secured with passwords or biometrics to protect all of the valuable personal information they contain. This limits access to authorized users and protects your information if your devices are lost or stolen.
  • Keep a clean machine. Update your security software, web browser, and operating systems to have the best defence against viruses, malware, and other online threats looking to compromise your personal information.

This Data Privacy Week, we encourage you to think about how secure your personal data is and the steps you can take to protect it now.

Find out more about ID Assist and how it can help protect you from identity fraud at www.idassist.com.

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