Safeguarding Your Digital Identity: Data Privacy Day on January 31st

More than 97% of Americans own a cell phone of some kind, that’s according to the Pew Research Center. With that many phones in pockets, we are all connected to the digital communication world more than ever.

As our connection continues to grow, so does the importance of protecting our personal information. January 31st is Data Privacy Day, a day that serves as a timely reminder to take proactive steps in safeguarding your information in the digital world.

Detective Josh Maynes is part of the Property Crimes Unit at the West Jordan Police Department and he is a pro at detecting cyber-crime. He says there are five things you can do to keep your personal information, well… personal.

  1. Trust your Gut: Before clicking any links in an email, always verify the sender’s authenticity. The person on the other side could be a scammer.
  2. Know the Signs: The IRS will never call you and demand payment over the phone or ask for personal identifying information or banking account information. 
  3. Be on Alert: Avoid sharing personal information or sending money to online “friends,” as they may be fake and trying to steal your identity or scam you out of cash.
  4. Change it Up: Enhance your online security by changing passwords regularly. Steer clear of easily guessable names and dates to protect against hacking attempts.
  5. Safeguard your personal information: Don’t leave documents with sensitive details in your vehicle. Car burglars often target vehicle registrations, which contain names, addresses, and other identifiable information. Note: Utah state law no longer requires proof of registration in your vehicle.

On the topic of sensitive documents, the city is having a FREE event this Saturday. It’s the first E-Waste and Shred event of 2024. The goal is to help you dispose of paper and electronic materials the right way, so it’s safe and doesn’t end up in your regular trash and the wrong hands. Here’s a look at all the upcoming E-Waste and Shred Events:

  • February 3, 2024 | 10 AM – 12 PM
  • May 18, 2024 | 10 AM – 12 PM
  • August 3, 2024 | 10 AM – 12 PM
  • November 9, 2024 | 10 AM – 12 PM

The events take place in the parking lot of West Jordan Public Works Department (7960 S 4000 W, West Jordan UT 84081).

Residents can bring up to two ‘Bankers Boxes’ of paper for shredding and residential electronic waste. Please make sure that items are drop-off ready. Participants are required to bring proof of residency or city employment, such as a driver’s license, utility bill, or city ID badge. You can learn more about this event by visiting our Public Works page. 

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