Blog 10: Data Detox Miscellaneous

Data Detox: SHIFT YOUR SETTINGS to secure your data

As we wind down to the very close end of the semester, we are at the point where we, as the #Netnarr class, would be presenting at Kean University: Research Days. Due to the unfortunate current circumstances of COVID-19, the school unfortunately could not host the events in person. Even with that being the case, presenter were able to submit short videos to showcase their work! Below is our #Netnarr at Kean University Research Days, 2020! Big thanks to Dr. Zamora and Professor Levine on creating such a cool video!

Alongside the video is a Data Detox Kit that is meant to serve as a type of solution to the question posed within the #Netnarr video. So in honor of of the Data Detox Kit, this blog is dedicated to going through the kit and trying to incorporate the tips provided to help secure my data! I am formatting my blog in a way to hit each question posed by Dr. Zamora in her log blog post.

What steps have you incorporated?

One step that I have recently been incorporating into shifting my setting in securing my data is locking ALL of my data doors. In this portion of the kids, it gives a simple but effective breakdown of how and why the strength of your online passwords is vital. Speaking for my own self, my shopping, bill paying, school related programs, and subscriptions are all done online (like most people living in the 21st century). And just like many, I get lost in the hub bub of keeping track of so many passwords. It obviously so convenient. This where the no nos kick in.. The Detox Kit advises:

Screen locks — that is, the password, pattern, fingerprint, or face ID you use to access your device — are some of your best defenses against someone who has your smartphone, tablet or other device in their hands. And this doesn’t just mean a thief or the police — it could be your partner, family member, roommate or co-worker. Having any lock on your device gives you more protection than no lock at all. And just like the different types of locks you might put on your doors, some screen locks are stronger than others.”

If Neil Armstrong Had An iPhone — fuck art, let's kill.

Quiet honestly I never took my passwords so seriously. I figured, “Who really acres about hacking my info?”, and that is where the issues lies. If this Detox Kit was presented to me before this course, I probably would have ignored it, even with how informative it is. I have now go to the extent of checking all of my digital accounts to give each one a secure pass code. That’s one small step for Patricia, one giant leap for secure data!

What aspects of these recommendations do you feel are worthwhile moving forward?

The aspects of these recommendations I feel worthwhile moving forward is the DATA DETOX X YOUTH kit. Like WOW! This portion of the kit is so user friendly to the youth and interactive. I will be having my younger cousin (who will be turning 11 years old in June) take a look at this activity packet. As we are pretty much stuck in the house these days, I notice that he stuck on so many devices. This kit will really be a nice crash course/introduction into data security.

What concerns and considerations remain after exploring these recommendations for privacy, security, and well being on the open web? 

My main concerns and considerations that remain after exploring these recommendations is not continuing on with this conversation. Lets not just make this a discussion for the moment, but a topic to be talk about all the time. I know this type of topic can be confusing and down right scary, but when will be the perfect time to have it?


By dennisart

My name is Patricia Dennis and I am a native of Newark, NJ. I am an aspiring artist, student, traveler, and educator. I use this blog to share my many experiences, thoughts, works of art, and education!

All my life, my mind and voice has been my sense of power. Being able to express myself through many different forms has gotten me to where I am today. I continue to strive for my own potential of greatness and wish to share my journey with the world, in hopes that I can inspire generations to come.

As for my educational and professional background, I received my B.A. in English with a minor in Studio Art from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. After graduating, I began to serve under AmeriCorps as a Reading Coach for 2nd Grade students where I am currently serving my second term. I am also currently pursuing my M.A. in English Writing Studies at Kean University in Union, NJ. As a graduate student at Kean, I work as a Graduate Assistant for The Kean University Writing Project directed by Dr. Maria Zamora.

Another fun fact! I am also a chess instructor for young beginning chess player!

Thank you and I hope you enjoy the journey just as much as I am!

If can not be the best, I will do my best

If I do my best, I will try my best

If I can not try my best, then the best is yet to come

Either way, the best is what I strive for!

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