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Get in the habit of pressing “Deny” rather than “Accept”

The benefits of accepting permissions or cookies are relatively few for the average consumer. Yes, your ad experience may be more relevant and your mobile experience may be more efficient, but your private information may also be at risk. When you land on a site you don’t often visit — or have no plans of […]

Delete old search results about yourself

Somebody looking up your name on a search engine like Google might find results related to your previous jobs and addresses, along with information about your relatives. This data could be used against you, for example in determining the answers to security questions. Fortunately, Google does offer a remove outdated content tool for requesting takedowns […]

Be careful how much information you put in your online dating profile

If you use an online dating service, whether it be an app or a website, be wary of how much information you share publicly. Avoid including any personal information that can identify your residential address or place of employment. Likewise, be mindful of which details you include in your profile. Some details may help bad […]

How to check your privacy is protected

Review the website privacy policy before submitting your name, email address, or other personal information on a website. This policy should state how the information will be used and whether or not the information will be distributed to other organizations. Businesses sometimes share information with partner vendors who offer related products or may offer options […]

Erase your Amazon browsing history to protect your privacy

Amazon keeps a detailed record of everything you search, shop and save on their marketplace. As a result, you likely see suggestions for similar products all over their website. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can erase your browsing history from your Amazon profile.

Avoid using email for sending sensitive information

Email is founded on an old set of communication protocols with limited privacy safeguards. Don’t send your most sensitive personal information (like your Social Security number) over email if possible. Use encrypted chat or a voice call instead.