The quiz, which not surprisingly didn't work well in my Firefox browser, asks questions about your online activities and ranks your performance between "Your cover's blown" to "You're in deep cover", complete with secret agent icons.
Now, don't expect this campaign to change your world, make you a security and/or privacy expert... but it does serve as a great reminder that there are risks to sharing your personal information with online sites.
Here are some important tips to remember everyday, not just the so-called "Data Privacy Day":
- Be aware of what information you are sharing and how it will be used. If in doubt, refuse to give it out.
- Review your accounts, passwords, and social networking profiles often for revealing (and incorrect) information.
- Change your passwords often. When was the last time you changed a password? Do it now!
- Be careful what you click. Emails may contain attachments that are ticking time bombs, websites that look sketchy -- probably are. And the IRS will never send you unsolicited email. A healthy dose of skepticism could save your identity and major headaches to follow.
My Privacy: Safely Navigating Life Online
For more information, visit Microsoft's "Data Privacy Day" website. While you're joining me in a collective eye-roll at the idea of a Microsoft holiday -- if you really want to get into the spirit of things -- hop on over to my Amazon wishlist and feel free to buy me a Data Privacy Day gift. (What, you didn't know buying me presents was part of Data Privacy Day?!?)