How Do I Increase My Online Privacy?

The best way to increase your safety online is by being informed. By knowing what you are doing when you are online and being careful, many issues can be avoided altogether. If you are worried about someone collecting details about you online, here is some information so that you can work on making your whole internet experience safer and more private.

Privacy Settings on Social Networking Sites

One of the first things you can do is log on to all of your social networking sites and change all the settings to private. Just about every site, including Facebook, has options to customize your privacy setting. Do all you can to make your profile and sharing abilities as private as possible. This will limit the people that are able to see your information to those that are already your friends. Another good idea is to block some applications that try to access your information. Continue reading “How Do I Increase My Online Privacy?”

What Does Google Know About Me?

The Internet works great when it comes to collecting information and putting the information into our command. The privacy that was once known in America is long gone, taken away by various different websites. Surprisingly, the biggest collector of information is Google. With so many services offered by Google, they are able to collect a large amount of data on users. Here is a taste of what Google knows about you and how they got the information.

Data Collection Services

Google collects information through its many services. Gmail sends what information it can find to Google for safe keeping. They even index and analyze the e-mails that you throw away. Why it collects this information is to serve as the relevant ads that Google presents you with. Google also collects information about what you buy, where you buy it, how much of it you buy, and how you pay for it. Google explains that this data is for the analytics and demographics data that can be derived from the material. Continue reading “What Does Google Know About Me?”