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Library Privacy Week
October 15–22

Protect your digital privacy at Queens Library! Public workshops will provide tactics and tools to help customers protect their data and offer opportunities for in-depth discussion related to issues in data privacy.

Programs at the Library

Internet Safety Series: Your Online Self   

October 13: Don’t Get Hacked
Learn how to protect yourself from online threats—from hackers and identity thieves to nosy neighbors at the coffee shop—in this privacy workshop. We will discuss how to create a strong password, staying safe on open wi-fi networks, using a virtual private network, and securing your mobile device. This is the first workshop in a three-part series on digital privacy.   

October 20: Your Online Self
How big is your digital shadow? Learn how internet service providers, law enforcement agencies, and tech companies track your online behavior in this hands-on workshop about mass data collection. This is the second workshop in a three-part series on digital privacy.   

October 27: Protect Yourself Online
Learn how to protect your privacy online in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn how to use built-in browser tools and extensions to keep their browsing history private, opt out of online tracking, and customize security settings on their mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access. This is the third workshop in a three-part series on digital privacy.   

Saturdays, October 13-27 @ 12:30pm
Queensbridge Tech Lab
10-43 41st Ave., Long Island City

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Safety First! Protecting Your Privacy Online   

Learn how your personal information is being used (and misused) online, and what you can do to protect it. We will discuss how and why companies track and profit from your browsing data, and give you some tools to keep your online behavior private. This workshop will help you improve your understanding of how the web works, and what you can do to guard against cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  

Monday, October 15 @ 6pm
Flushing
41-17 Main Street

Friday, October 19 @ 2pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Anti-Social: Exporting Your Google and Facebook Data   

Find out exactly what information large technology companies collect about you in this hands-on privacy workshop. We will explore how to use Facebook and Google’s data export tools to request and analyze our personal data files, and how to use built-in privacy tools to opt out of certain types of data collection. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or USB drive, and should have either a Facebook or Google account prior to attending this workshop.  

Wednesday, October 17 @ 6pm
Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

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Secure Your Stuff   

Learn how to use the built-in security tools on your mobile device to enhance privacy and restrict access to unauthorized users in this hands-on workshop. We will learn how to protect our device from brute force attacks, enable secure lock screen controls, and remotely wipe personal data from a stolen device. Participants are encouraged to bring their own mobile device to this workshop.  

Thursday, October 18 @ 6pm
Long Island City 
37-44 21st Street

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Library Privacy Week is brought to you by NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security, a new initiative to bring resources covering digital privacy and data security to the City’s frontline public library staff. With support from the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the project will ensure that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for their questions about internet privacy and security.

These events are some of many being offered as part of Library Privacy Week from October 15 through October 22. View the full schedule at libraryprivacyweek.nyc.