Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Websites Sharing Personal Information?

They Know What You're Shopping For (Jennifer Valentino-Devries and Jeremy Singer-Vine)
Today, companies are increasingly tying people's real-life identities to their online browsing habits. Do you want to know which websites are sharing your personal information? Check out the link to find out more information! 

Five Ways to Reduce Identity Tracking Online (Jennifer Valentino-Devries) 

  1. Log out of social networks when browsing and clear cookies 
  2. Use a service to help you avoid social tracking
    1. Disconnect Me (site specifically aimed at blocking code from companies) 
  3. Use disposable email addresses
    1.  Disposable Email Providers
  4. Block JavaScript when filling out forms 
  5. Use a fake name 
*Ultimately, you just need to be smart and think when using unfamiliar websites and browsers. If the site is requesting personal information that is not pertinent, you probably shouldn't be providing your own information. 

  • If a random site is asking for your name, birth date, email address, etc. to simply view their site, do you really want all of your information out there so it can be passed around through third party sites? 

Do you want to know which companies help protect your information from the government? Check out  the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual report that examines the policies of major Internet companies (including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites) to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when the gov't seeks access to user date. 

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