Privacy is everyone’s business, and VA leads the charge in protecting data for Veterans, their beneficiaries, and VA employees. Jan. 28 marks National Data Privacy Day, an international effort to empower individuals and encourage businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust. To honor the day, VA Privacy Service shows how Veterans can protect their privacy at home, work, and in the community.
Additionally, these data privacy tips and best practices can help Veterans be privacy-savvy when checking email, surfing the web, and more:
- Set strong passwords using a combination of 8 or more characters, numbers and symbols, and do not share it with others. Example: 0range!2509
- Be aware of phishing scams. Phishing is the use of fraudulent yet sophisticated websites, emails, pop-ups, and links to trick unwitting victims into providing personal information like usernames, passwords, and even bank account numbers. Never provide any personal information until you have ensured the legitimacy of the requester.
- Avoid using public WiFi so that hackers can’t steal your login credentials.
Want to learn more, and discover other VA resources to protect your valuable personal data?
- Attend Privacy Considerations in a Digital Age on Tuesday, January 28th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Click on the link to view: https://www.vaitcampus.com/classroom/live/12052.
- Attend Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention on Wednesday, January 29th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Click on the link to view: https://www.vaitcampus.com/classroom/live/17059.
Crystal Drakeford, Government Information Specialist