Here’s how to minimize your personal data footprint when messaging, on social media, and using mobile apps
Is privacy dead? Not by a long shot. While you can’t control everything that’s out there about you, there’s quite a bit you can do to reduce your data footprint — or at least avoid adding to it. For this series, Computerworld asked nine privacy experts for tips and tricks they use for keeping their own personal data profiles on the down low.
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Whether your goal is avoiding tracking by marketers, ensuring your personal safety or protecting yourself from government surveillance, there are steps you can take to minimize your exposure both online and off, these professionals say.
Part 1 of this series covered how to maintain your online privacy and surf the Web without leaving a data trail. Here, in part 2, we offer advice on how to approach social media, messaging and some general rules you should follow when using mobile apps. Part 3 covers how to minimize your offline data footprint, and where to go to opt out.
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Don’t sign up for a new service using Facebook or another social networking account
When a website tells you it’s easier to register for its service using your Facebook account, what they really mean is that it’s easier for them to pull all available information about you from that site and use it to build a profile on you, says Rob Shavell, co-founder and CEO at privacy software vendor Abine. Always choose the “sign up with email” option, and don’t use the same email address you use for Facebook or other social media accounts.