The consumer privacy debate pervades in most things businesses and consumers do (even if many consumers are unaware). Taking 2021, this is seen with Apples new strong stance on data privacy and how it’s impacting advertising, with the California Consumer Protection Act, and how Internet cookies are being phased out, people.
Many people remain unclear as to what they can do to ensure their data stays private. To gain some tips on what can be considered, Digital Journal caught up with Don Vaughn, Invisibly’s Head of Product.
Vaughn provides Digital Journal readers with the following suggestions for consumers that want to keep their data private.
Get a virtual private network (VPN)
A virtual private network provides a strong degree of privacy, anonymity and security for people by creating a private network connection.Vaughn recommends: “People and companies can spy on what websites you’re visiting, where you are located, and your computer’s identification number. You can stop them by using a virtual private network) which protects your information and makes it look like you’re browsing using a computer somewhere else. ”
Use a private search engine
Vaughn points out: “Google makes money by tracking you, collecting as much information as possible on you, and then sells your attention using adverts based on that.” Instead a private search engine and be used, and Vaughn recommends using DuckDuckGo.”
With such systems, there is very little risk that your searches will be leaked to anyone, because most private search engines do not track any information that can link a user to their search terms.
Tune up your privacy settings
Looking at this often neglected area, Vaughn proposes: “We leave a data trail about us every time we use social media. Most companies let us choose what should or should not be shared and others even let us choose what data should be deleted.” To counter this, it is important that users manage their privacy settings for each social media site they use.
Have a Backup ”Public” Email or Unsubscribe From Unwanted Emails
Vaughn’s communications tip runs: “When you provide your email address to a company, many times you end up being bombarded with marketing emails and spam. While many services offer an opt-out checkbox for marketing emails, it’s easy to forget to do this every time we enter our email online.” It is important to unsubscribe from these services.
Expanding upon this, Vaughn notes: “If you use a bulk unsubscribe email service, make sure you are using a safe service. Some free services could collect and sell your data. If you are willing to pay for such a service, as an example, Clean Email is safe and does not sell their user’s data.”
Vaughn’s final tip goes: “Most apps and browser extensions have a list of permissions that you sign off on when you start using that service. Sometimes, permissions are required for a service to work. By double checking the permissions an app has access to, you could be stopping an app from accessing certain data it doesn’t have to access.”