Online data privacy

Online Data privacy sounds like a modern-day myth. Social media tech giants like Google and Facebook seems to have taken the matter of privacy for granted.

Last week #deleteFacebook took of the world of internet by storm and users all around the globe are in shock.

Many have gone out to express their anger on social media and have also gone to the extent to completely delete their facebook account.

Once a good friend of mine had told me that in order to apply for a job in google you do not have to send your resume, Google knows everything better than you do your qualification, your address, your ex, your future partner and what not.

It sounds funny and scary at the same time. It’s high time that YOU should take the matter of protecting your data in your own hand and follow these steps to ascertain your data does not fall into the wrong hand.

Follow the following steps:

Step1 – Run a quick pawned search for all your email id’s on https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Step2– If the above result in a danger red sign that means your email id has already been leaked to some third party and you should immediately change your password.

Keep a strong password of at least 15 characters and please do not use something like password1234567 or any such password that includes your name or your date of birth.

Step3– Enable the two-factor authentication.

And most importantly be wise and keep changing your password at certain intervals. Keep changing your password every month.

Step4– Stop using Facebook, Twitter, Amazon account for signing up for other services.

This step is very crucial as it involves data exchange between third-party services. I know it is very easy and saves a lot of time by avoiding filling up those long sign up forms but it comes with a huge risk.

Let me give you a real instance.

Recently I have installed an app called Audible from play store it provides a lot of Audiobooks.

As soon as I have opened the app I was being prompted to use my Amazon account to create a new Audible account.

Now I was using the 30-day trial service from Audible and on the 31st day, I have received a message from my bank that certain amount has been deducted from a service called Audible.

I have contacted Audible for the explanation of how they have access to my debit card details which I have never provided to them and the response I got from them was really shocking and upsetting.

They said Audible and Amazon are same company and the Debit card details that I stored in my Amazon can be used by an Amazon subsidiary. Shocking right! This lets to next step.

Step5– Do not save your debit/credit card details on any e-commerce platform.

I certainly will not delete my facebook account but surely implement the next few steps (6-7) to control how Facebook uses my data to share it with third-party websites.

Step6– Go to setting -> Apps -> List of all the website where your Facebook credentials and data are used.

Remove all the unwanted websites and services which you no longer use.

App Setting in Facebook
App Setting in Facebook

Step7– Restrict the amount of personal data that Facebook share with different advertising agencies.

Go to setting -> Ad preferences -> Your information -> un select the data you no longer wish to share.

Hiding personal info
Hiding personal info

Step8 – Do not click links or download attachment in your emails from an unwanted sender. You can use https://virusdesk.kaspersky.com/ to scan for any virus or trojan.

To conclude the topic, protecting your data from prying eyes on the internet falls in your own hand. Be smart and safe.

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