According to Federal Trade Commission (FTC), “when you use a VPN app that encrypts the data, anyone monitoring your network connection only sees gibberish – even if the particular site you are visiting doesn’t itself employ encryption”. This might help you to understand the advantages of using a VPN.
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Let’s assume, you are working on your dream body fitness project and enthusiastically following up XYZ app tracker. You are giving all the required information to that XYZ app since it is controlling your daily intake and workout plans. But did you ever presume what is occurring next? Your data is going global, maybe to thousands of other trackers who might use your data for targeted advertising or consumer profiling. According to The Washington Post, 5400 hidden apps can exchange data with third parties in a week (Fowler, 2019).
In an earlier post, we have discussed the constant and growing grasp of the surveillance system where subconsciously we are exchanging data to numerous third-party marketers. “More than 1,000 apps have location-sharing capabilities, according to a 2018 report from mobile analysis firm Mighty Signal, including 1,200 in the Google Android store and 200 on Apple iOS” (Paul, 2016). Since now we know how we are contributing to the loss of our privacy in many ways, here we will dig into more details to discuss how we can safeguard ourselves.
Ever thought of shopping at the mall and feeling that someone might be stalking you? Well, what would you do then? Safeguard yourself, right? Now, think about another example, why do we install doorbell cameras? To make sure that we are protecting ourselves from outsiders or any unprecedented attack. So, why not think of safeguarding your online life?