Have you ever received a Facebook or Amazon ad targeting a seemingly unrelated thing you’d been searching for earlier? It’s an alarming experience, but it’s also a glimpse into just how widespread data tracking, and selling, has become – with companies amassing vast swathes of information and analytics from a single user’s history.
Fortunately, you have more control over the spread of this than you may realize, as often this level of data collection relies on passive consent, where users agree to something without even realizing it’s happening.
There are in fact, a number of actions you can take to make sure your data is kept private and protected, actions we’re going to cover in this blog.
When it comes to email scams, even the broadest and most basic of these attacks now have an underlying level of sophistication. The most common form they take will be one that imitates either an official bank account or Paypal email.
Almost every week, there is a news story about a site being hacked or a data breach. Maybe you have experienced this directly. Remember when the login credentials of 117 million LinkedIn users were sold on the black market?
But how can you protect yourself? How can you protect your accounts?
Picture this: You get a phone message, then another, then another, from your friends asking why you are sending them spam. Your email account has been hacked!
You log into Facebook to warn everyone, and notice your last couple of posts from you… weren’t – from – you. Your Facebook account has been hacked!
Stressed, you go for some shopping therapy: Your bank card doesn’t work. Your bank account has been hacked!
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