In 2021, more than 5-billion people were impacted by a reported 1,243 data breaches.
Take a moment to really think about that. Between 1,243 sources, the data of 5-billion people was exposed. That’s a hugely disproportionate number, and shows the real power that data brokers and private companies have over our personal information.
Needless to say, it’s becoming increasingly important to take steps to safeguard your data. Keep reading to learn how…
Some apps needlessly require your location. It’s good to check every once in a while to see what apps are using what permissions.
Why does that Fan app require your locations and access to your photos? 🤔
To check your phone’s location settings, use the following steps:
For most Android devices:
For most iOS devices:
With the explosion of awareness around digital privacy and the data for profit trade, several companies have created safer versions of the internet browser. These work by doing things like blocking third party ads and preventing cookies.
While there is no perfect browser, we’ve listed some better options below:
Not all cookies are delicious. Online cookies allow websites and companies to track your browsing activity to amass data on user behavior and ad preferences.
Due to new privacy laws emerging from regulations such as the GDPR and California’s CCPA statute, tracking cookies now require opt-ins from people visiting websites.
When you go to a new site, you may have noticed a pop up banner that gives you the option to accept cookies, reject them (sometimes), or to change the cookie options in your browser. To avoid having to change options in Chrome mid-browsing:
Phishing occurs when scammers use email or text messages to try and gain access to your personal information — generally for nefarious purposes.
They usually try to disguise these messages as legitimate correspondence from a trusted brand, legal notices, or even personal communications. If you’ve ever gotten an email from your bank that had poor grammar and didn’t look quite right, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.
You can avoid phishing attempts by:
In addition to our other suggestions, there are a wide variety of apps designed to help you manage and protect your personal information.
You can use a VPN to disguise your location, download apps designed to fight off malware, use a strong password management tool, and enlist the help of child monitoring apps to make sure that your family’s data also stays secure.
At cloaked, we believe that your data should remain in your control online and offline.
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