Data is more valuable than gold in the digital world. The high cost of data makes the internet dangerous for people, particularly children. Companies you trust can take advantage of you. Here are a few things to consider when agreeing to share your data to protect yourself and your kin.
Get to know your data
The first step in data protection is to know your data. Specifically;
- who is using your data?
- Who do you share your data with on the internet?
- How the company in question tends to utilize your data.
It is prudent to read through and understand the terms and conditions offered by any app or software you use. Check how the company tends to safeguard and utilize your data. Ensure the companies you choose to trust are transparent and verified.
Limit the amount of personal information you share
The best way to limit how much of your data is collected is to scale back how much personal information you share. You can do this in two ways:
- Limit the amount of information you surrender about yourself in the first place. If an app or website asks for your birthdate, do not give it. If someone requests a copy of your passport or driver’s license (or any other identifying document), tell them no—say that these are private documents and that they should respect your privacy by not asking for copies.
- Limit what apps have access to on your phone or tablet devices. Go into Settings > Privacy > Apps & Notifications and disable permissions such as Location History tracking from apps like Google Maps if they are not necessary for using the app properly (for example, if you use Google Maps only occasionally).
Find ways to limit your ad exposure
Advertisements fuel the data industry, with targeted advertisements becoming a pillar of the enterprise. When you limit your exposure to adverts, you are safer because no one is interested in selling to you. There are many adblockers out there for all operating systems and apps. Find one adblocker that suits you and embrace it as a part of your life.
Use private browsing mode or incognito browsing. Incognito can help you stay on the data miners list; when enabled, it creates a separate session that will not appear on your history. The session does not save cookies; this action prohibits sharing data with third parties while you browse.
Find ways to limit ad exposure without hurting revenue streams for creators on YouTube, Facebook, and websites. These people rely on advertising to fund their content creation efforts. In retrospect, advertisements make platforms like youtube free to use. The subscription cost would be astronomical without adverts.