Did you know that almost 5 billion people use the internet on a regular basis?
We live in the most connected world that has ever existed. This brings unprecedented opportunities for both individuals and businesses. However, more and more people are concerned about the amount of information that can be harvested about them.
If you want to prevent companies from holding your private information, what can you do about it? Read on to find some practical steps that you can take to protect your privacy.
1. Protect your Data on Social Media
Most of us use social media as a bridge between ourselves and our close friends and family. And because of that we likely share personal details with those loved ones.
However, it is not only shared with these loved ones. In many cases, your social media network, browser, and anyone with access to your personal page or account is accessing and using that information.
Why not check your account settings and change them to private? you may even be able to limit how the social media platform provider uses the information your post.
More and more people are looking to remove info from Intelius, Facebook, and other sites. Why not apply this tip to prevent it from being stored in the first place?
2. Password Managers
Sometimes data is revealed because of criminal activity and theft. How can you set up the best defense possible against this? One way is to use a strong password.
Strong passwords are recognized as one of the best defenses against hackers.
Do you find that strong passwords are complex and hard to remember? Consider using password manager software. This can help you to manage your passwords and ensure that you do not ever forget them again.
3. Request to Remove Personal Information
If you worry that a data breach could expose personal information such as your address and telephone number into the public domain in a data leak, there are ways to prevent this.
If a company does not have your personal information, they cannot leak it right? So why not opt out and request officially that the company deletes your information?
Under strict new legal legislation, companies must provide a clear way for you to request the deletion of your personal information permanently from databases.
While this may require some research as to how to go about it, you should be able to receive written confirmation from the company that they have granted your request. If a future leak reveals data that the company should have deleted, then you may have the basis for litigation.
How to Keep Private Information Private and Much More
As we increase the number of applications, websites, and software items that we use, we can easily lose control of even private information. Avoid this by applying the principles that we have discussed today.
This will keep your data safe and under control and protect your peace of mind.
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