DFI tells consumers to value and protect your personal information

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) reminds consumers on Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28, to value and protect personal information by being #PrivacyAware.

Apps, websites and stores can track information about you, such as your purchase history, location and recent web searches, said DFI Commissioner Charles Vice. This information has great value to retailers and cybercriminals alike. Be careful about who has access to that information about you by understanding how its collected through apps and websites.

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DFI offers these tips for consumers to guard their data privacy:

  • Understand how information is collected and any agreements you sign
  • Review app permissions and the companys privacy policy
  • Delete unused apps
  • Keep your apps, programs, browsers and software current with updates and patches
  • Turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not in use
  • Use strong passwords and authentications to secure your devices

Additional anti-fraud tips from DFI can be found at http://kfi.ky.gov/public/Pages/scam.aspx.

Data Privacy Day is a timely reminder that practicing good cybersecurity is linked directly to protecting privacy. The annual awareness campaign aims to inspire dialogue and empower individuals to take action to better protect and manage their privacy while also encouraging business to respect privacy and safeguard customer data. Data Privacy Day, led by the National Cyber Security Alliance in the United States, is built on the theme, Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust.

For more cybercrime tips and best practices, visit STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global online safety education and awareness campaign, at https://stopthinkconnect.org/tips-advice/general-tips-and-advice.

Media release from Commonwealth of Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, Department of Financial Institutions. 

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