The world is becoming more digitized, and aspects of this make our lives much simpler, but what is sometimes missed are the consumer tracking things that businesses are doing that can make our lives more complicated. Websites will often collect information about you and your browsing patterns to then sell that information to advertisers. They collect this information by using a so-called “cookie” that is an invisible way for the website to follow your patterns on your screen. You may want to stop giving permission to these companies to collect this data about you and your habits once you know that cookies may be a violation of your privacy.
The best way to stop this farming of your data is by ceasing to use one of the biggest advertising firms, Google. Google makes our lives easier, of course, so make an assessment of what you use Google for and if you want them, as the world’s largest data sales agency, to have that information. What are you searching on Google? Don’t you think it’s a little odd that if you’re searching for something then for the next six months of your life, you’re getting ads for search-related stuff? Yeah, we do too. Other search engines, such as DuckDuckGo, express the importance of data privacy.
But it doesn’t stop at the search engine you’re using; it extends to your email provider. Gmail is a service widely used and available for free. You are making a calculated bargain by using a free email service which may allow the provider to access sensitive data in your email inbox. Some say that paying for an email service provider is more prudent because it gives the service provider a reduced opportunity to reach into your inbox.=
“Login with Facebook?” This sentence has been such a blessing to us because it decreases the time needed to sign in or up for some other service. But, did you know that you just gave Facebook and the other company permission to track you on other sites when you click the link? Sure, it’s scary to think about how much access Facebook has to information about you. Instead, be sure to sign in the long way from now on.
There’s nothing you can do to delete your personal information from the internet after you’ve put it there, but once you know what these businesses are doing with your information, you may want to stop allowing them to collect and sell your data without you making a dime off that sale. You may want to consider taking steps to stop these patterns, which will leave you less exposed in the long run.
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