Safeguarding Your Data in the Age of Digital Surveillance
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.
Turn your location tracking off: Go to your phone’s settings option and see if your location tracking is on. Turn it off to reduce unwanted tracking. Apps while downloading: Most of the apps requires to access your location info while downloading. But if that is something not central to your app users, then don’t turn on your location access for that particular app. For example; you are downloading an app for photo editing or video creation, that app should not require location settings info but an app for weather
forecasting will. Also, it’s always better not to download any apps whimsically unless you
require or know well about the purpose of those apps. Because many of the apps can
automatically get install on your phone by not asking you to access information and as a result, your information can go public and trigger unwanted targeted marketing. So,
- Don’t share your location unless the app is location focused
- Don’t download unwanted apps unless you need
- Don’t keep unwanted apps in your mobile device (Always check on your apps!)
Sharing location via online platforms: Many people are sharing their online data via social media. But as we have discussed before hackers are always there to detect your online activity.
So, limiting location sharing online can put you at risk for potential hacking.
Blocking online tracking: According to Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information,
“Plugins for blocking online browsing can prevent companies from using cookies or
fingerprinting to track consumers’ internet behavior”. It is safe to use Plugins to control your browsing and limiting online tracking.
Don’t connect to public Wi-Fi: It’s very easy to get connected through public Wi-Fi when we
are living in a digital age. But here is the Alert! Don’t do it! Even if you are a person who always prefers this, don’t do it from now on. While using public Wi-Fi you are connecting to thousands of eyes who can have access to your data. It’s just like opening yourself to numerous viruses.
Use a VPN: When you use a VPN service you are not only encrypting the data but also you are choosing not to share your private data with a third party. When anyone requests a website, VPN sends data through a secured tunnel using the server’s IP address which masks your real IP
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