Put An End To Digital Clutter !

The more you share your personal information with websites and applications, the higher the probability of your information being breached. So, how can you protect your privacy ?

The more you share your personal information with websites and applications, the higher the probability of your information being breached. One of these companies may have its security breached, or you may be directly targeted by hackers. If you use a device provided by your workplace or unknowingly share corporate information, this also poses a threat to your employer. Cybersecurity company ESET has shared 10 tips for those who want to put an end to digital clutter.

Put An End To Digital Clutter

How Can You Protect Your Privacy ?

1-) Download Fewer Apps

Mobile applications often require users to enter a significant amount of personal or financial information to function as intended. They may also track location, browsing activity, and other information that is later shared with third parties. The fewer applications you sign up for, the less your information will be exposed. You should research before deciding if you really need something. You need to regularly "clean" your devices to remove applications that you have not used for a while. While doing so, don't forget to check the permissions of the applications you have decided to keep.

2-) Create Fewer Online Accounts And Clear Existing Accounts

Companies don't just want to create a habit in you. They also want you to remain loyal to them. Therefore, many of them will encourage you to create an account and share information that they can use to make a profit. This can be any type of company, from an e-commerce site to a media site. Even if you know that your payment and other information will not be saved on your next visit, don't do it. The price we pay for more privacy and security is often a little inconvenience. If you have online accounts that you use less and no longer use over time, close them.

3-) Take Extra Care Not To Share Sensitive Data

Sometimes, sharing information is inevitable to get the goods or services you want. Be careful about the information you provide. Do not share information that is highly demanded in the underground cybercrime world, such as phone numbers, email and home addresses, financial details, and social security numbers, unless absolutely necessary. For example, email and phone numbers can be used to send phishing messages to recipients.

4-) Think Twice Before Posting On Social Media

Social media is like a digital megaphone. The content that is mostly shared gets liked, reshared, and once it is published in the digital world, it becomes almost impossible to remove or undo. Therefore, it's important to think about how others and your future employer might perceive the content before posting it. Additionally, you should consider if you carry any sensitive information related to your personal and professional life. Also, think about limiting your profile to friends in the online world and not adding people you don't know in real life. Review your privacy preferences and be careful of any unwanted communication that could be fake.

5-) Exercise Your Right To Delete

Regulators, including the European Union, have found new ways for people in some regions of the world to remove unwanted information from a specific online environment. This concept, called the "right to be forgotten," was pioneered by the EU's GDPR. Search your name online and contact website officials directly to request removal of information about you. Then, reach out to search engines like Google to do the same.

6-) Hide Your Location

One of the most aggressive data collection methods is location tracking. This way, third parties can learn about your daily movements and habits. This not only poses a risk to digital privacy, but also to physical safety. Make sure that applications have stopped tracking your location.

7-) Do Not Give Your Information To Online Surveys

The internet is often filled with contests and prize offers that require filling out online surveys or similar activities. Some are open marketing campaigns that help create contact lists. Others may be entirely criminal attempts designed to steal personal information for use in phishing campaigns and/or sale on the dark web.

8-) Be Wary Of Newsletters

Online brands place importance on digital newsletters. For many people, online newsletters serve no purpose other than filling up their inbox. Resist the urge to sign up for newsletters. If you decide to register for them, use an email address specifically created for this purpose and that you will only use once.

9-) Disable Third-Party Cookies

Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer or device when you visit a website. They are used by site owners to track visitors' profiles and save their preferences for future visits. While this can make browsing the site easier, most of us prefer not to share information such as usernames and passwords. Simply rejecting the request to accept cookies when visiting a website is enough. You can also disable third-party tracking by going to your browser's privacy settings.

10-) Limit The Number Of Devices You Use

Review how many devices and PCs you actively use. Each of these devices can be a potential source of data if lost or stolen.