It’s easy to feel like it’s a scary world wide web out there. Our Harris Interactive poll on digital privacy and security earlier this summer found that the majority of online adults are not comfortable storing personal data online: 88 percent are at least somewhat concerned that their personal online data is being used without their knowledge, with 59 percent being extremely concerned by this.
Luckily, there are certain steps you can take to take control of your digital footprint. Here are four things you can do right now to regain web privacy. They’ll take you five minutes, max:
1. Get rid of Facebook and Twitter apps that have permission to access your data which you haven’t used in the past 3 to 6 months.
For Facebook: Click Drop Down Menu > Privacy Settings > Ads, Apps and Websites, Edit Settings > Apps You Use > Edit Settings
(Did anyone else notice that it’s harder to find your Facebook privacy settings than it used to be?)
For Twitter: Drop Down Menu > Settings > Apps > Revoke Access
2. Use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to get secure access to the Interent.
In short, they help you regain web privacy by keeping certain information about you concealed from companies who want to sell it.
3. Get SafeShepherd and start removing your info from the web.
Unlike VPNs, which conceal your information while you browse, SafeShepherd removes your and your family’s personal information from websites that sell it. They do all the leg work for you, so you can sign up and watch as you’re notified about where your personal information is no longer listed. It’s kind of incredible to see where information like your name, gender, birthdate, and address have ended up!
4. Use free online services that stop tracking by third parties and browsers.
The added bonus with these services is that they make your web browsing faster, once you get all those ads off your back.
While there are lots of things that we can do to decrease our digital footprint and regain web privacy, these are some that I put into action today. Which are others you suggest?