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Remember to delete unused apps for additional privacy and safety

Old apps you no longer use (also called zombie apps) can present a security risk because you might not have updated your privacy settings on them. Android users can go into the Google Play Store, select “My Apps and Games” and sort them by “Last Used” to see the oldest ones. iPhone users can go […]

Both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge collect your browsing data, but Mozilla Firefox doesn’t

If you’re concerned about privacy, of all the major browsers, Mozilla Firefox collects the least amount of personal data. The only information it collects from you is basic, anonymous usage data tied to a random identifier — not a name or email address, as every other major browser does. This makes Mozilla Firefox a remarkably […]

Avoid participating in online quizzes  

Online quizzes have become a significant cultural trend, thanks to companies like BuzzFeed. They ask questions like “Which Succession character are you?” or “Do you remember these 90s TV shows?”. However, before you decide to engage with such quizzes, think about doing something else. The reason is that these quizzes are primarily created to gather […]

Set up a separate or temporary email for website registrations

Registering on a website often requires you to provide an email address. To minimize the volume of emails you receive and to protect yourself from phishing attempts, it’s advisable to use a separate email address that’s not linked with your personal account. For non-essential signups like forums, consider using a temporary or ‘burner’ email address. […]

Review website privacy policies

Prior to providing your email address online, ensure there is a privacy policy. Trustworthy websites typically include a link to their privacy policy on forms requesting personal information. Familiarize yourself with this policy before offering your email address or other personal details, so you understand how the site’s owners intend to use the information. By […]

Be careful of online stores that ask for personal info

Watch out for e-commerce sites asking for personally identifying information. E-commerce sites only really need two main data points from you: 1) your payment information, like a credit card number and 2) your shipping address. If they ask for anything else, consider finding an alternative. You don’t need to supply your Social Security number just […]