The Library is committed to protecting the privacy of the people who use the Library. Here are some tips and tools to help you make personal decisions about how you share your information online. For more information, ask a Library staff member.
Secure the locks on your digital doors by creating strong passwords. Try using passphrases that are meaningful and don't include your personal details. Here's an example, spaces included: "Otis the dog dances the macarena." Test the strength of your passphrase here.
Multi-factor authentication means that you will log into an account with a password and another means, such as a code texted to you. Consider enabling this type of authentication on accounts containing your most private information. See this guide or more information.
Beware of Scams
Malicious software is designed to damage to your computer or device. It is usually installed through email attachments and links to unknown sources. See this guide for more information.
Phishing is when someone you don't know wants to install malware or take control of your personal accounts. They usually do this by impersonating someone you know and sending you a message asking you to click on a link, open a document, or enter your account details into a fake website. See this guide for more information.
Clear location footprints
Location services on an app can increase convenience, such as a live food delivery map. But this information is also shared with app developers, advertisers, and other data brokers. You can go through your device's app permission settings and turn off the location permissions for apps that do not require it, or apps you choose not to have information about your location. For device-specific instructions, see Step 2 of this guide.
You can delete any unused apps from your device to reduce the amount of information generated by your activity. Think about including web browser extensions in your audit. For more information, see Step 3 of this guide.