Data Privacy Week

By APCUG Administrator April 1, 2023

Data Privacy Week
Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance
January 21-27, 2024

Become a champion and celebrate DPW! Champions represent those dedicated to empowering individuals and encouraging businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust.


Here are a few resources you might want to share with your members.

Data Privacy Week About Data Privacy Week, What is Data Privacy? Become a Champion, Respect Privacy, Take Control of Your Data, Manage Your Privacy Settings, How to Be a Data Snob, Past Data Privacy Week Videos.

Manage Your Privacy Settings – Stay Safe Online

FTC – Protecting Consumer Privacy and Security

Consumer Information Blog | FTC Consumer Information


DATA PRIVACY WEEK: PRIVACY ADVICE –Two-to-five-minute security videos hosted by Lisa Plagueimeier, Executive Direction, National Cybersecurity Alliance, with Consumer Reports, Mozilla, etc. representatives.

DATA PRIVACY WEEK — HACKERS: THE NEW GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE – Hackers are like ghosts in the machine – they make their presence known when they want to. Although some malware can be visible (such as ransomware), most cyber threats work invisibly. This is why it’s so important to learn how to spot these ghosts. Also, know what you can do alone to protect yourself against them. Cyber threats are on the rise, which has brought a new level of dangers for people everywhere. Learning what to look out for when it comes to cyber threats will help you stay safe in today’s digital world. Read on to find out more!

DATA PRIVACY WEEK — FREE APPS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE DOWNLOADING – There are tons of free apps available for Android and Apple users worldwide. But what you might not know is whether or not these apps are safe to use. We’ll discuss all the pros and cons of free apps and how to avoid malware threats when downloading them. Free apps are a great way to get the app you want without paying for it. But not all free apps are safe, so before downloading any app, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Free apps offer a fantastic array of benefits over paid versions, but they also have significant risks. Free apps have many advantages and disadvantages when compared with their paid counterparts. Saving money is always better than not being free unless there’s malware involved!

DATA PRIVACY WEEK: WHY YOUR “UNIMPORTANT” ACCOUNTS MATTER, Even the unimportant ones can cause you problems, Leo Notenboom – One of the pushbacks I get when I reiterate the importance of securing your online accounts relates to accounts you might consider “unimportant”. You may feel that extra security measures are more hassle than they’re worth. As a result, you might use a poor password, re-use a password, or fail to set up recovery mechanisms. My concern is twofold. First, accounts often become more important over time. Second, a breach of even a so-called “unimportant” account can still cause you massive headaches.

DATA PRIVACY WEEK: TAX SCAM EMAILS ARE ALIVE AND WELL AS US TAX SEASON STARTS – Many countries have taxation forms with names that have entered the general vocabulary, notably the abbreviations of documents that employers are obliged to provide to their staff to show how much money they were paid – and, most importantly, how much tax was already withheld and paid in on the employee’s behalf. Here at Naked Security, we know the names of these forms, amongst numerous others, because they often show up in tax scam emails, presumably to give those messages an air of realism. Anyway, given that it’s the last week in January, and thus that US tax filing season is about to get underway, we weren’t surprised to receive a tax-related scam email today, and to see the W-2 form mentioned explicitly.

DATA PRIVACY WEEK: WHY YOU SHOULD DELETE YOUR YOUTUBE HISTORY OFTEN (AND HOW TO DO IT) – Like many social media apps designed to suck you in, Google uses what it knows about you—including your YouTube watch history—to serve you an endless stream of content that it thinks will hold your interest. If you have hours to go down a rabbit hole of comedy or cute animals, that might be fine.

But let’s say you searched for something you’d like to keep private, and the algorithm is now serving you a lot of content on that topic. Or you had to watch a video for school or work, and the videos you actually care about are being drowned out by something extremely boring.

Good news: You can delete some or all of your YouTube watch history to better curate your recommended video feed. Here’s more on why you should do it often—and how to do it in a few quick steps.

Why You Should Delete Your YouTube History Often (and How to Do It) (

DATA PRIVACY WEEK: HOW TO DOWNLOAD EVERYTHING AMAZON KNOWS ABOUT YOU (IT’S A LOT) – Here’s a fun thought experiment; picture the amount of personal data you think tech companies keep on you. Now, realize it’s actually way more than that (hmm, maybe this isn’t that fun). Even as privacy and security become more talked about in consumer tech, the companies behind our favorite products are collecting more and more of our data. How much? Well, if you want to know the information, say, Amazon has on you, there is a way to find out. And it’s a lot.

How to Download Everything Amazon Knows About You (It’s a Lot) (

DATA PRIVACY WEEK: 200 BAD PASSWORDS – Is your password on the list of the 200 most commonly used passwords? The folks at Nord Pass put out a list of which passwords turn up most often on the hacked list. Hacked passwords. Not  surprisingly there are variations on the old 123456 and password. (password1 is still quite popular.) But you might be surprised to see iLoveYou and superman on the list. Qwerty is still very popular for those folks who don’t like to move too far around the keyboard, but so is qazwsx and 1qaz2wsx. 200 Bad Passwords – Cyn Mackley

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