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How to protect your data
MoveOn works hard to protect the security and privacy of your information. However, as we try to provide you with as many resources as we can to help meet your needs during this crisis, we know that many of these resources don’t have the same infrastructure or policies around data protection that we do.
We believe that you are in the best position to decide what level of risk you are willing to take while navigating the resources available to you, but we wanted to provide some best practices on protecting your data online.
- Limit the visibility of your data: You might encounter open-source excel sheets of people offering and volunteering to help. Be aware that when you enter your data into public excel sheets, you make your data visible to strangers, and as a result, bad actors may find your name, email, phone number, and other private information. This may be used to scam or harass you or add you to another telemarketing list. Only provide your personal information—especially your address, date of birth, or credit card information—to people and systems you trust, and understand how your information will be shared and who will be able to view it before you provide it.
- Secure your accounts: Many companies have been subject to cyber attacks and leaks that have compromised the data of their members. Use a password manager to store your passwords, generate strong passwords, and sync passwords for your accounts between your devices.
- Establish two-factor authorization: Many banks and social networks have the option to add “two-factor authorization” to your login process, e.g. they text a code to your phone, or use an app-generated code, to verify your identity during login. Two-factor authentication makes it harder for attackers to break into your account.
- Download browser extensions that work to protect your privacy.
- Opt-out of ads + their data sharing: Disable interest-based ads from Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and opt out of data sharing on sites like Netflix and Reddit.