The technology at work in our world today is nothing short of miraculous, bringing people and resources within reach no matter where on the planet you may find yourself.
But there’s a price to be paid for maintaining this worldwide access and that’s protecting yourself against bad actors who would use the freedom of the Internet, cloud storage and smartphone apps to infiltrate your device and potentially empty your bank account.
And it’s not just criminals! Pop up advertising is not only annoying, but it gives companies a way to track your behavior online, information that can be sold to other companies who want to sell you something. If you’ve ever read an article on something and then were surprised at how many ads or posts are pushed to your device selling a related product or service, you know what we’re talking about.
Take privacy settings, for example. Every platform has them, but many people either don’t know about them or don’t bother to set them up. Yet this is a great first step in keeping undesirable audiences away from the information they can use to infiltrate your digital world.
Always look into privacy settings and select the one that’s right for you in order to stay in control of your data. This is one of the most basic, yet surprisingly effective, ways to guard yourself against prying eyes. Facebook, Google and other big tech companies offer an array of options for opting out of some, if not all, of their personalization and tracking.
You can also change the DNT (do not track) setting for major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and others. This keeps websites and third-party partners from tracking your activity online.
Instead, experts recommend upon installing an app, keep a check on the permissions that you’re giving to that application. App Permissions is a section in your phone's settings that lets you determine what the app is allowed to use or do on a smartphone and you can deny permission to anything you don’t want to be broadcast to unseen audiences, such as your location.