Nowadays, leading a secure and clean digital life is near to impossible to all. No matter how careful you are, in every service, website and application are designed in such a way that you have to share every detail of your personal life such as name, birth date, credit card and social security number and many other details.
Not only that, Tech companies obtain our location, age, gender, interests, ethnicity and that they can easily use to categorize and advertise to people. Having all that personal information freely drifting through the internet is no doubt unsafe. So to tackle the issue, you must take a data detox.
In 2017, Tactical Tech and Mozilla launched the Data Detox Kit to manage the issue. The Data Detox Kit is slightly different from a digital detox. In digital detox, you mainly reduce your use of digital services but in Data Detox Kit you are guided step-by-step to clean up your messy digital loose ends so that it makes no further issue.
But the whole process of the Data Detox may be time-consuming and not all of us have the time or energy to complete the whole process. After a long tiring day, you may not be interested in taking stock of your entire digital life but it is really very important to stay top of your digital security. Here are four easy and quick ways to detox your data with minimal effort.
Cleansing Your Apps
The first step is to cleanse your apps. There may be several apps on your phone that you don’t use anymore. So now is the time to clean them out. You must know that applications not only clog up your phone but they also collect a lot of information on you. By deleting the unused apps you will be able to tighten up your security with the added bonus of freeing space on your phone for more useful things.
Turn Off Your Location
The second useful step is to turn off your location as your location data provides a lot more information that you think. Anyone can easily have access to your workplace, communications, shopping and even your staying location, by tracking your movements. These are enough for a stalker to make your life a hell. You may know which apps use your location but for an extra bit of security make sure to turn off your location.
Have A Password Manager
Password Manager will help you to maintain your cyber hygiene. Remembering different passwords may seem difficult to all and so we often use the same handful of birthday-based passwords for everything. But this increases the risk if just one site is hacked, your other accounts will also be compromised. Password Manager takes care of this issue by generating and encrypting secure, unique passwords. It also helps you to remember them. All you have to remember is a master password.
Cleaning Up Social Media
Social media accounts continuously gather data from us. We provide access to your personal data to unknown persons without realizing it. Just go into the setting option of Facebook and take a quick look at the ad preferences. Social media companies may build a fairly accurate profile of you by tracking indicators such as your groups, sites you follow, people your tag, all better to advertise you. Always make sure you don’t use your social media accounts to log in to other sites as it may be risky. So follow these few simple steps to secure your digital life.