Today, there are thousands of companies that track your activity on and offline. Nearly every time you use your smartphone or the internet, and sometimes, even when you aren't, companies track and make money off your personal information.
Your personal information is being sold to businesses you don’t even know exist. The California Consumer Privacy Act will empower you to take back control of your personal information.
Many websites and apps have tracking scripts that collect your data for advertising, analytics, and marketing purposes. These scripts are commonly referred to as “trackers” and typically work by placing cookies on your browser.
Service providers like Disconnect.me can be added as an extension to your web browser to block tracking requests from connecting to your devices. Blocking trackers helps you browse smarter, protect your data, and can make your internet faster, while extending device battery life and saving you bandwidth.
When you open a web page, your IP Address, as well as other information, becomes available to the server that hosts the website you’re visiting. This information may be sold to third-party companies and used to track you.
DNS, short for Domain Naming System, is the internet's directory. When you open an app, send an email, or when you do nearly anything else you do on the internet, the first thing your device does is ask the directory where to find it.
Today, DNS is typically slow and insecure, allowing your ISP and anyone else tracking you on the internet, to collect your data. Unfortunately, some DNS providers sell the data they've collected about your internet activity.
It should be very easy for you to find out what personal information corporations are collecting about you, and then it should be just as easy to opt-out of having any corporation sell your personal information. Sadly, right now it is not easy, and it is always confusing.
Hopefully, you already know to never to use passwords like, “Password” or “123456”! But many people don’t know it is bad practice to use the same password on multiple sites. If one site gets hacked, the hacker may try to log in to other services with the same credentials. Worse still, many use bad practices like text messaging or even emailing passwords to friends, family, and co-workers.