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Why Online Privacy Is So Important
« on: August 12, 2021, 03:39:41 PM »
Surveillance capitalism often makes it feel like we are at risk. Everything we do is being monitored. Every single click, each posting and every place we visit is tracked. Companies and governments collect as much information as they can in order to monitor as well as exploit and manipulate us. How horrible is it? It's been possible make use of people's personal data to influence elections and to sell products that play on their most feared fears. The situation is becoming more dire. Insurance companies now use algorithms to analyze your personal information to determine the amount of insurance you should purchase. The companies monitor your online activities which includes purchases, educational level, marital status, marital status, family history and many other aspects. The algorithm will likely identify you as a high-risk person with depression if you have recently divorced or bought plus-size clothes. Also, mental health treatment is expensive for an insurance company. They will make you pay more. What a great way to spend your time. How can we stop this from happening? Every move we make and every act we perform adds to the internet's database of information about us. What can we change it? You don't have to give up your privacy at this point. Although it may seem like your battle is losing but you're still able to have an impact. It's impossible to completely get off the grid. There are some things you can try. Here are the steps I did that you could follow, too.
 
Step 1 - Find out the ways in which your personal data will be collected
Knowing how your information is being collected is the first step to combat this. It is likely that you are aware at a an elementary level that all information you share online either public or private is recorded and stored. This applies to all emails, social media posts as well as WhatsApp messages as well as browsing history. In a deeper sense you need to know that all things you do online could result in data about your activities. Your information is being gathered by companies getting more clever every day.
Google is one such instance. They're always looking for new ways to gather your information. Google Street View cars that roam the globe taking photographs were discovered hiddenly searching WiFi networks in order to collect personal data from communications that are not encrypted. Google Glass allows them to observe private spaces using the wearable technology of Google Glass. Google Home is always listening, provided it's turned on. Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. owned Niantic. It launched Pokemon Go in 2016. The game was powered by the smartphone's camera as well as GPS. It allowed players to locate Pokemon and gave you access to places which weren't accessible to the public. Google might also view Pokemon Go as a test to determine whether users could be digitally manipulated to travel where they like. They can be sly so be aware of the information you may be sharing when you access the internet.
 
Step 2: Be aware of how you're monitored
It is clear that data about you are being collected. But what about its use?
The Big 5 (Google Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) can monitor your online activity at any time. Your data is collected and stored via email, social media, streaming, browsing and gaming. The five big players are able to make data links because they hold the market dominance. Facebook is the owner of Instagram, WhatsApp and its own social media platform. Facebook lets you connect your accounts across the three platforms to create one big profile that combines the three sources of data. Facebook is a good way to sign in and gain access to your Spotify as well as Twitter and other accounts. Soon, lots of information will be sent to the repository. It is possible to stop your information being used to build an elaborate profile of your personal information by cutting off the links between data points. To avoid this it is essential to segregate your usage. It's not easy to do. Many people take this serious, and try to erase any digital footprints which could be used to track their movements and actions. This includes making multiple online identities making use of cash instead of credit card and using different telephone and email addresses to serve different reasons. This isn't practical for many. This would mean that it would be almost impossible to make use of your Facebook or Google accounts at the moment.
So what can you do instead?
 
Step 3. Make small digital adjustments
"The citizens will be divided between those who seek convenience as well as those who want privacy." --- Niels Ole Finemann
What convenience would you give up to protect your privacy? There is a good chance that you're not ready to sacrifice so much.
Let me provide you with some small achievable steps I took to safeguard my privacy. These steps are small enough to help to limit the data they collect and allow you more freedom on the internet.
 
UniMe UNW is all in one app for encryption
Connecting people with virtual assistants to enhance business and life Its features include transactions through wallets, and verification, with many more features to come along with all the features you expect from AI and Blockchain. See fully encrypted messaging app. Unity comes from the UniWorld Ecosystem. (Follow Fully encrypted messaging App.)
 
DuckDuckGo -- A safer search engine
Your online searches reveal much about who you are. Your deepest thoughts, questions and private moments could be exposed by the things you search for. Web-based search is one of those search engines that's easy to keep private. DuckDuckGo offers similar results and is a great replacement for Google's search engine. I prefer DuckDuckGo because it allows users to search for things securely without having to worry about being tracked. It also allows security on the site and tracks tracking.
 
Brave - Safer Web Browser
Google could track you with DuckDuckGo if your browser is the Chrome. It's crucial to choose a browser that prevents tracking and is safe. Tor is the strongest browser, however it does require some getting used to and setting up. Brave is my preferred browser out of the box. It's quick, secure and secure. Brave is also available on Android and iOS, so you can use it on both platforms.
 
Bromite -- The Safest Android Browser
It is the best mobile browser and offers enhanced privacy as well as an ad blocker. It's only available on Android.
 
Telegram -- Better mobile messaging app
It isn't easy to move your conversations to a new application. You need to get everyone you are talking to to onboard. A majority of people use WhatsApp, and they don't wish to change. Signal is the best option for privacy and security. Signal isn't used by many users and the features list isn't large enough to convince them to ditch their current apps.