Penn State Reads: Protect Your Privacy and Join the Conversation

When you are an online student, completing course work probably isn’t the only thing you do online. You may make purchases, conduct personal business, connect with friends and family, play games, and do more. But do you know what information about yourself you are leaving behind online?

According to one study, 93% of adults said being in control of who has access to their information is important to them, but only 9% of those respondents had made changes to their privacy settings to keep their information more secure.

Sharing information online is a part of everyday life for many people, and knowing what tools you have access to for protecting your information, and how to use them, can give you more control. Penn State’s Digital Survival Guide offers helpful tips about online privacy, passwords, the use of social media personally and professionally, identity theft, and more.

The Digital Survival Guide was created as part of Penn State Reads, a program designed to help students engage with each other by reading and discussing the same book. This year’s book selection is The Circle by Dave Eggers, which explores important issues of technology, privacy, ethics, and more.

Penn State World Campus students are invited to read the book and to join a live stream conversation with the author on Monday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m., ET.

Meanwhile, there is still time to request your complimentary copy of the ebook, The Circle.