People are now really serious about their internet privacy and safety of their data.
After Serious Facebook Issue, Mark Zuckerberg attended testimony congress and answered what’s really happening behind the data.
Not only cambridge analytica, lots of other Tech giant companies including data brokers were part of this internet privacy as Mark Zuckerberg Stated
The actual problem starts with us!
We aggregated all the information, and they sold it.
It is not our fault though, because everyone does it.
But according to 2015 market survey, your rate(Information about your activities and thinking) is Rs.768 of Indian amount and 10 US $
Now it may have been increased or decreased.
When we used to see ads in online, back 10 years ago, those ads were not relative to us.
Then comes the time, after few years we started to see ads which are too relative and those ads were helpful, which also saved our time.
That’s where the problem actually started.
Now we are in the stage of how to escape from this things as they have already collected our data.
This article explains how to safe yourself from online or internet privacy with each of the big social media giants.
We were happy with facebook but they sold our data without our permission.
I think its a good time to get started for deleting your facebook account, because deactivating is for you, not for them.
So if you wish to delete account click facebook delete account to get started.
If you not wish to delete your facebook account due to some reason here are some hacks that will actually help you out.
a) Remove Profile Information:
Login Facebook and remove all of the profile information one by one.
They have your data already but here after they cant.
If you remove your profile information there will be no data.
In future, you don’t have to update information with your posts, check-in, review and whatever type of posts which gets your information including especially Image posts.
Facebook machine algorithm are made clever which means it reads our information from image too.
For example, if you post an image with your friends on party,
Artificial Intelligence or Machine learning will read it as
party, group of friends, night mode and so on.
Even facebook nowadays came with face recognition settings.
Make sure you turned that off, its off by default though.
Checking once again will save your face identity too.
b) Uninstall Facebook app:
Uninstall your facebook iOS/Android app from your smartphone.
Keeping facebook apps on the smartphone is like , you kept your home door open and outsiders are allowed to see what’s happening inside your home.
Don’t get it funny or wrong!
Facebook gets all of your data through their mobile apps only
including your phone calls, text-messages, government text-messages, OTP pin number.
Even they had your bank transaction OTP with each transaction you made.
Not only transaction OTP’s,all of your mobile texts were.
If you want to see the above details from your profile, start archiving your data by visiting settings -> General section main page, you will see download a copy of your data in small letters in middle of the page or at bottom of the content settings.
once it is ready to download, extract it after the download completes and open the index.html in extracted folder.
It will immediately open your browser and allow you to see facebook lookalike web page where you can actually explore each section of your data.
Be patient and explore each section, so you can know how much of information is transferred without your acknowledgement.
C) CREATE A PAGE FOR YOURSELF:
Creating a page for yourself with your information unlike profile.
It will give you to access Facebook without much thinking about your personal data steal.
It’s end for facebook game to stealing your data.
But how about google, twitter, and linkedin!!!.
Well, they changed their game with GDPR(General Data Protection Regulation) regulations.
Let’s talk about how they are evolving
Alphabet’s Google, a tech conglomerate own google + social community also has the user data.
With that data, google advertisement services are running with helpful and rightful information to target the users.
But after the GDPR, Google enabled options to opt out from the ads.
The options are available at this link
Make sure you are signed in to do the changes.
Once you visit the page, you can see what are the topics you most searched and google saved about category of it.
To also ensure about your search data and other google related activities across all the products, it also offers to turn off the activity control.
To turn off the activity control follow this link https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity to get started.
you can see activity controls in the left side of page.
Once you visit the page, you will toggle buttons for
- web search,
- Youtube search,
- Location search,
- Device information,
- Voice & activity search,
- Youtube search history,
- Youtube watch history
Turning those things off will also impact on your android device.
you will see minor changes in your android phone related to google services.
So why to turn those things off?
This is how google collects your data and help advertisers to target you.
And now finally you can opt out of it.
To make it more specific to your android smartphone
visit settings -> google -> ads (Under services label) reset Advertising ID, so google can’t use your data and your will ads totally unrelated and not based on your previous and current search.
So what will happen after turning those settings off,
Imagine you are searching for a leather jacket in google and you saw some pretty good results for after buy.
Later when you browse the internet for other stuffs you don’t see the ad with leather jacket, instead you will see it with some other kind of woollen jackets.
Note: Actual results may differ, but you will see the difference with ad showing.
And your personalisation data cuts off here.
Welcome to twitter! with the same background but with different methods.
Here they gather your android apps you have installed and some more data of yours.
Visit https://twitter.com/settings/personalization to see which profile data of yours being collected.
Turning that off will be effective for your personal data save.
And welcome to the professional party! The data also being collected here too.
Visit https://www.linkedin.com/psettings/advertising to see and take care of your data setting and how linkedin use your data.
Because your professional data also matters and they know your about professional interaction with business and job data,
There are other related settings to turn it off if you like to.
If I come to aware of any other website which steals user data, I will keep you posted.
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