Data is valuable, particularly your personal data. Data brokers and doxxers scour the internet to collect people’s personal information and use it toward their own self-interests.
Is this illegal? Not entirely, breaking into someone’s account and taking their information is, but not if the information is already publicly available.
How is this so? Take a moment and think about how well you manage your internet privacy. What are your account privacy settings, and how much control are you allowing online platforms to have when you read that “accept” button?
The core of the issue is that most people aren’t paying attention to their online activity. We tend to skim through important authorization requests and aren’t proactively managing our digital footprint.
In most cases, your information isn’t stolen, you’re just giving it away.
Whether you are looking to live off the online grid or just learning ways to protect your personal information, this article can help.
Here are our best tips to safeguard your information from outside threats.
When you sign up as a new user for an online service, they may ask you irrelevant questions.
We recommended you move on and skip over the nonessential questions.
Your goal is to provide the least amount of specific information they need as possible, because why offer them anything more than what is required?
If you are forced into a corner to provide more information about yourself, try to be broad. The less information they have, the more likely they will disregard your online profile.
Protect Payment Information
We can all agree that your financial data should be for you and your eyes only. One of the most important things online shoppers can do to protect their money is checking to see if the website is secure.
Simply look at the beginning of the website’s url and check for an “s” after “http”. When a site is safe, it means that the data you send is encrypted and ultimately prevents hackers from stealing it.
Services such as PayPal or Checkout by Amazon are popular and fortified by the latest anti-theft technology to keep your purchases safe.
Remove Yourself from People Search Databases
People search database services like Instantcheckmate and Whitepages are known to buy, sell and trade private information for profit.
If you recently discovered that your personal information is listed under these websites, remove your information immediately.
Get in contact with an appropriate website administrator and submit a content removal request.
Keep in mind that every website is different and may have a longer process than others. The longer your information is listed, the more likely it will spread across the web and into unwanted hands.
Information is valuable, but the only person your data should be useful to is yourself.
Whether you know it or not, people are actively searching to collect and benefit from your personal information.
It’s not just some random set of facts, but your address, relationship status, billing information, and other parts of your life you rather keep private.
Put a stop to online thieves and regain control of your information.