Do you think you are private on-line? You will be surprised but today really big money are made in violating your privacy. Companies will pay big bucks to learn more about you, and service providers on the web are eager to get their hands on as much information about you as possible.
So what do you do? How do you keep your information out of everyone else’s hands? Here’s a guide to surfing the Interneet while keeping your privacy intact.
The adage goes,
“If you’re not paying for a service, you’re the product, not the customer,”
and it’s never been more true.
Every day more news breaks about a new company that uploads your address book to their servers, skirts in-browser privacy protection, and tracks your every move on the web to learn as much about your browsing habits and activities as possible. In this post, we’ll explain why you should care, and help you lock down your surfing so you can browse in peace.
Why You Should Care
Your personal information is valuable. More valuable than you might think. Huge companies are ready to pay big money for information about people, their demographics, income, and habits, and then roll it up so they could get a complete picture about who you are and how to convince you to buy their products.
The real money is in taking your data and shacking up with third parties to help them come up with new ways to convince you to spend money, sign up for services, and give up more information. Relevant ads are nice, but the real value in your data exists where you won’t see it until you’re too tempted by the offer to know where it came from, whether it’s a coupon in your mailbox or a new daily deal site with incredible bargains tailored to your desires. It all sounds good until you realize the only thing you have to trade for such “exciting” bargains is everything personal about you: your age, income, families ages and income, medical history, dietary habits, favorite web sites, your birthday…the list goes on. It would be fine if you decided to give up this information for a tangible benefit, but you may never see a benefit aside from an ad, and no one’s including you in the decision.
So you must be very careful in the modern global network.
- Never share your personal information
- Stay protected in public wi-fi networks
- Do not save passwords
- Use privacy protection tools like VPN
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