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Synagex Celebrates Data Privacy Week

Data Privacy Week is intended to spread awareness about online privacy among individuals & organizations—encouraging individuals to embrace the power they have to manage their data and to enforce the respect of user data by organizations 🙌

When it comes to data privacy... Let's talk about one major factor: CONVENIENCE!

You can count on security and data privacy always being a tradeoff for convenience.

Data privacy and cybersecurity really go hand in hand 🤝 so our advice is similar... stay aware!!

Your data tells a story about you, and many organizations are eager to get their hands on it to use it to their advantage. This data can include your name, location, internet activity, and even your health information.

79% of Americans are Worried about the Privacy of Their Data—are You?

Id you are worried about the privacy of your data, here are 3 ways to better protect it:

1. Think about what you want to share.

❗Pay attention to those pop-ups that ask you if you want to share your photos, location, etc. with a new app or website... you may not want to everything they are asking for (like contacts, location, photos, web activity and more)!

2. Check your privacy settings.

⚙️ Check the privacy settings on your existing apps—look for app permissions in your devices general settings. Many can at least be updated to only have access to your data while you are using it (rather than all the time!)

3. Delete the apps you don't use.

❌ Delete your old / unused apps—Do an audit on your data-sharing apps (likely ALL OF THEM!) Your data may still be being collected and shared, as long as it is still on your device.

When it comes to Data Privacy, it's important to understand that your favorite retailers and advertisers aren't the only ones who are collecting and utilizing your data... there are bad actors that can be utilizing it too!

In this video, Pete explains that this is exactly how phishing attempts get so tailored...

🤔 Makes you think twice about #DataPrivacy, right?!

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