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Watch out for free software

Have you ever heard the adage that if you aren’t the customer, you’re the product, well maybe in the setting of a free-to-use platform like Facebook. There may be some truth to this saying. Whether it’s a desktop or mobile app that serves you aggressive ads, or a site that exploits your compute cycles for […]

Know what your credit monitoring service will alert you about

Using a credit monitoring service is a good way to make sure your credit is always intact. If there is suspicious activity in your line of credit, the service provider will alert you. However, according to the Federal Trade Commission, they will not alert you if: A person other than you makes a withdrawal from […]

Download your data on TikTok

TikTok, like most other account-based services, gathers relevant data about your activity for research purposes. It’s always a good idea to see what kinds of information your service providers are collecting. You can get an overview of your data compilation by downloading a full report. Just go to your privacy settings and select “download your […]

Avoid sharing links to your Instagram posts to other accounts

If your Instagram is set to private, no one can see your posts through the Instagram app except for your approved followers. However, if you post a link to an Instagram post on another account, the permalink will work for anyone, not just your approved Instagram followers. If you want to limit who sees your […]

Change your privacy settings on Spotify

Like many other account-based services, Spotify collects information about its listeners. It only collects relevant information, but if you want to have as much privacy as possible, you can update your privacy settings. For users of the free service, you can opt out of ads that are tailored to your preferences (users of the paid […]

Search for yourself online using operators

Doing a quick Google or Bing search of yourself can help you find out which of your personal information is publicly available. You may also be able to find out if any unauthorized people are using your name. By using operators, you can adjust your search to find out this information. Add an @ sign […]