Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights. Think about all the different ways privacy impacts your digital life: from using Facebook to using a cell phone with GPS capabilities, from cookies that are stored on your computer to Google maps that show where your home is located, there is a lot to know about how to protect your privacy rights in the digital world!
What Do You Know about Privacy? When you think of privacy, what comes to mind? Watch this video (made for the first Choose Privacy Week in 2010) to see what other people have to say about it.
A Few Helpful Tips to Navigate the Online World:
1. A More Private Search Experience
- If you don't like advertisers following you online, try using a safer search engine, like DuckDuckGo. It doesn't store or share any of your personal information!
2. Staying Safe Online
The National Cyber Security Alliance, along with StaySafeOnline.org, offer lots of pointers for teens on how to protect your privacy:
- Keep your security software current - make sure you have the latest security software in place. Remember to protect all devices that connect to the Internet, not just your computer. That includes smart phones,gaming systems, and even Fitbits!
- They suggest making your passwords “long and strong.”
- Check the privacy settings on all of your online services, from Facebook to Snapchat to websites that you use. For more information on how to check and change privacy settings on many popular apps and services, check out this list.
- Who can you trust online? Test your knowledge with this Friend Finder Quiz (recommended for middle schoolers)
3. Library Workshops
The library is also a great resource for information on digital privacy! This week we are hosting a few free programs:
- Check out Forgot Your Password? on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 for strategies on how to make strong passwords and easily remember all of them.
- Bring your smartphone or laptop to the library’s drop-in Cryptoparty on Saturday, May 7 from 10-4 and library staff will help you install encryption programs on your device that can give you more privacy.