First of all, have you ever been thinking about, how many “fingerprints” you left in the internet? I can ensure you that there are more than you think. No matter what you do on your device which is connected to the internet, it leaves data. By using word “data” I mean all the activities you do on the Web, or on the device which will be connected to the Web in the future, and which can be scalped into information. Data is also the moment when yours and your friend’s smartphone are present during meeting. It is also some kind of information. The another info from your one meeting is that how much time you spend together, for how long you spend it without each other, even where do you spend it (as long as you allow the device to track you). That data is used by all of the companies connected somehow with advertising market. (eg. Facebook, Google, Yahoo).
Here are some examples how to avoid sharing information which concerns you.:
THE FIRST, THE EASIEST.
Find in the settings of your net browser, the history of the browser and cookies tab, and clear it. If you use smartphone check out in the settings of the phone, all the permissions that the apps have. Sometimes when you install for example, a flashlight, it asks you to allow the app to use your contacts or messages, microphone, or even access to camera (not the led light). Feels strange, isn’t it? You can always disallow it in the settings of the app or just uninstall an app from your smartphone.
THE SECOND, YOU WILL NEED A TAPE.
Sometimes it happens that your device is infected by some kind of spy malware.
According to Wikipedia:
“Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. Malware does the damage after it is implanted or introduced in some way into a target’s computer and can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software.”
But what about this tape. One kind of malware is the spy malware, it is using the cameras, microphones in your laptops. As it is difficult to fight with eavesdroppers, it’s so easy to fight with voyeurs by taping by the sticker on the camera of your device. This method is really good idea of fighting with malware is the first step of being “healthy” in the Web.
THE THIRD, PAY BY CASH.
The credit/debit cards since they exist are really hot products. In Poland there is a trend to pay for everything by credit/debit cards. Now in connection with what I wrote above, think about how much data you leave on one Friday evening. Your bank knows how much you spend the money, for what you spend, is it just one night or it is your week rhythm. Thanks to that info in some day your loan request can be rejected because Bank will not give the loan to the person who provides that type of lifestyle. They will not say strict in that way, but people who were working in that field says about it. The way how to avoid this data scalping process is really easy, pay by cash.
THE FOURTH, JUST BE A KIND PERSON.
Whenever you go for a party there is a moment when people grab their smartphones and take the photos of themselves or of the other people. Remember that sometimes metadata is scalped even by your default app camera in your smartphone. By using word “metadata” I mean the time or the location, where the photo was taken. You can easily turn it off. But what about that kindness which I was writing about above. After or during the party some people feel a real need to share it on some social medias. Predominantly on the photo there is more people than the person who uploads it. The first, I mean the obligatory, step is to ask these people for the permission of uploading it online. You will be treated better in the future by them, because they will see that you care about their safety in the Web and that you are kind person.
On the other hand, some people are agreeing for all of these things, that I was warning you from. That because of the self-comfort. We need to accept it. But for all others, keep try to abide the principles of the self-hygiene in the Web.
What is my view about this?
We don’t have to be scared of using devices that are connected to the Internet, but always remember, that these products can scalp data in a way that we never wanted. Just try to be more hygienic online and your life can be better.