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Update your privacy settings on the desktop version of Spotify

For many users, the social experience is part of why they choose to stream music on Spotify. Others want to lock down their privacy settings and use parental controls to limit their children’s exposure to explicit lyrics. From the Spotify desktop app, navigate to the Account menu by clicking the downward-facing arrow next to your […]

Make your transactions private on Venmo

Many people are already aware that sharing too much personal information on social media can have some negative repercussions. If you pay others or accept payments using Venmo, you might be unaware of just how public that information is, at least when you use the app’s default settings. You can set individual payments to “private” […]

Use privacy settings on social networking sites

Social networking sites typically allow you to choose who has access to see your email address. Consider hiding your email account or changing the settings so that only a small group of people that you trust are able to see your address. Know that when you use applications on these sites, you may be granting […]

Read the “terms and conditions” of a service before signing up

Most people will accept a company’s privacy policy without reading a single word of it first. By doing this, you may be allowing that service to track, collect and sell your data without your knowledge. Before creating accounts with new services, make sure you know what you’re signing up for by at least skimming the […]

Take advantage of private browsing

By using a private browser, you can prevent websites from tracking and collecting your data. Plus, none of your browsing history will be recorded, so you don’t have to worry about other users snooping on your activity.

Send “do not track” requests to websites

In your browser’s settings, you should be able to turn on “do not track,” which means every website you visit will be asked to refrain from tracking your data. While many sites will ignore this request, it’s a good way to start limiting how much of your data is being collected by online services.