Privacy Simply – A Guide to Easy Digital Privacy

1.) Secure your privacy on social media.

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Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+ all have some pretty sketchy settings if not configured correctly. You can also remove your profile from search engine results.

2.) Control your privacy in your search engine for all of the services it gives.

 

Google allows you to stop search history, opt out of interest based ads, etc here. I suggest pausing everything except for “Information from your devices” which is Android and Chrome sync.  Bing’s is here and Yahoo’s here.

3.) Create privacy in your browser.

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  • Privacy doesn’t have to do with your browsing history as much as what you are allowing to collect it. Clearing local history only removes it on your device. To stop this data collection you must block the hosts (sites) that provide ads and analytics. The best browser for this is Firefox and Firefox Android, although it also works on Chrome, Safari, and Opera desktop. Download the Ghostery extension and set it up to block everything.
  • Add HTTPS Everywhere so all of your sites that can be secure are secure.
  • If you want, you can add the Hola extension to proxy your data. This means that the IP address sites could use to identify you is changed.
  • ***For a super private web, try using Tor Browser, a form of Firefox that encrypts your data through a worldwide network.

4.) Set up Masked Emails

5.) Change Your Search Engine

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Search engines track what you search and some keep that information forever. The best way to stop this is to find a search engine that does not track you at all. Some good options are StartPage, DuckDuckGo, and DisconnectMe.

6.) Opt Out of Physical Tracking of Your Device

Some companies track customers through a unique identifier that your device puts out when it is scanning for WiFi or Bluetooth called a MAC address. Although it is not universal, it is good to try to stop tracking as much as possible. Go here and type in your WiFi MAC address (how to find: iOS|And) so participating companies will not track you. On Android, you can download smart WiFi apps to turn off your WiFi when you are not connected, but on iPhones you must do it manually.

7.) Enable Two Factor Authentication

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To secure your accounts, enable two factor authentication. Authentication happens through a text message or an app on your mobile phone that contains a constantly changing 6 digit code. Google Authenticator (iOS|And) and DUO Mobile (iOS|And) allow you to do this. To find out what sites supports Two Factor Authentication. go here.

8.) Choose a Secure Cloud Storage Account

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I previously posted about good cloud services, but I did not factor in privacy. iCloud, MEGA, and SpiderOak should not scan your files for ad targeting, unlike most major services.

Did I leave something out? Leave a comment!

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