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Smartphone Apps Store Personal Information

Student on smartphone

A lot of personal information is stored in your banking, shopping, and entertainment smartphone apps. Although even the most cautious person isn’t guaranteed protection of their personal information, there are steps students, faculty, and staff can take to help keep their information from being exposed in a data breach. In support of Data Privacy Month, consider taking these steps:

  • Check the legitimacy of an app before downloading. (There are many copy-cat apps out there, even for the UF Mobile App!)
  • Review each app’s privacy settings. Many apps will access photos, contacts, and your location unless you choose not to allow access.
  • Remove any apps no longer used and log out of other apps when not in use.

One of the best ways to protect your personal information is by creating strong passwords. When UFIT asked students what types of passwords they used, pet names were very common! However, strong passwords are made up of a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Make it tough for everyone–strangers as well as roommates–to get your personal information!