Digital Footprint Tips Online Shopping
As you do online shopping this holiday season, you’ll want to be sure you’re aware and safe at all times. Learn some digital footprint tips.
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Take actions from today’s declutter podcast on digital footprint tips:
- Pay attention to your digital footprint
- Read any terms & conditions before agreeing to sign up for anything
- Log out of websites
- Use sites with an SSL certificate of the https
- Consider something like Last Pass so you don’t keep using the same password for sites
- Update your software regularly
- Delete cookies on a regular basis.
- Create a separate email for online purchases and use a write off phone number.
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TRANSCRIPT Digital Footprint Tips
Julie Coraccio 0:01
Unknown Speaker 9:28
It requires this can spam Act requires senders to disclose certain information, including a valid opt out mechanism. And you know, they’ve tried to get squirrely with that and make it really hard. And it creates civil and criminal penalties for violation. How many times you get spam and where do you ever hear about that? So I just wanted it’s kind of this patchwork. Those are a couple you might have known but again, I really don’t think it’s making a difference.
Julie Coraccio 9:55
Common thievery. So I found this from an article from December 29 2018 by Harris Shadi, what is internet privacy and why it matters so much in 2019. So I got some good information here and from Kaspersky, which I’ll have a comment on that later on when I get more of that. So here are some common internet privacy issues and threat tracking, right I’ve mentioned at the beginning of looking for walking shoes, and then they’re everywhere on social media. So these ads follow you where you go, and they’re based on your web searches or your visits to website. Your movements are tracked by website advertisers, literally like feels as I’m had been doing research on this, like someone’s here in the room watching me.
Unknown Speaker 10:47
Cookie profiling and other techniques are used to track your overall activities online and create a detailed profile of your browsing habits. Surveillance some Government spy on their citizens online to supposedly assist law enforcement agencies. Now I was surprised about this, the UK Investigatory Powers Act authorizes mass surveillance and allows the government to legally monitor the internet usage of its citizens.
Julie Coraccio 11:19
Waste to protect your privacy and security on the internet. Now use the two sources I mentioned as well. Kaspersky I kind of laugh Remember that? Probably, as I date myself the 90s that would seem to be the protection everyone the defense that people would buy from their computers while he’s Russian. And now that I read somewhere that believe that they have been spying on us for years. I don’t use that anymore. It’s been years, but that has been away. And truthfully, I think that that is definitely believable. I don’t think that that is a real thing that it’s what’s the word? I’m looking for that it’s paranoia. I think it’s probably a reality. So you secure websites. When I was updating my website last year, the web person’s like, you have to get the HTTPS encrypted web server. I’m like, Well, why? Like so people know it’s safe to buy from your website. I didn’t know this. That’s why you hire people that are experts that know more than you. Personally data flowing between a user’s machine and a website machine, just using The HTTP without es can be monitored by other companies or potentially intercepted stolen by malicious hackers. That’s where the Secure Sockets Layer SSL comes in. So you want to look for the HTTPS, or SSL when purchasing or entering personal information and check for an HTTPS, or a padlock I padlock icon in your browser’s URL bar to VeriSign verify that the site is secure before entering personal information. When you see the HTTPS instead of HTTP in your browser’s address bar, you’ll notice a secure site. Now apparently I’m gonna have to check my site but I remember I brought all that she was like you have to get this. Luckily, GoDaddy is a one stop shop. They drive me crazy on some other things, but at least I can get that in easily. Also threat from the cloud When you are storing stuff on the cloud, who are they? You’ve given up administrative and technological controls to someone else. The provider may not securely backup processes security practice employees control, you know, you can have someone that goes in and works for him for six months, get clearance and then steals everything. Especially if something’s a bargain. You want to think about that is that really where I want to have my business. So if you have something on the cloud, email them ensure that all your data is encrypted. Use a virtual private network a VPN. Using a VPN is the best way to protect your internet privacy. It changes your IP address and assigns you a new one based on the VPN server you’re connected to. But it also protects your incoming and outgoing to Traffic with the military grade encryption. As a result, your online activities and personal information stay secure and private for snoopers think I’m gonna have my husband. definitely get this for us. Keep your software up to date, how many like Yeah, yeah, new version, whatever. Keep your operating system browser as well as other software, like Java up to date to ensure that you don’t miss out on new features and security fixes. And remember, you can automate security updates. A strong antivirus program will keep your device free from all types of malware, such as spyware, viruses, Trojans, etc. You should also activate your firewall to keep unwanted network traffic at bay. The good news is most operating systems come with the ability to delete cookies at browser exit. You should delete cookies regularly as you’re using By websites, advertisers or other third parties to track you online. When you clear your cookies manually, you’re better off configuring your browser to automatically delete them at the end of a browsing session. Check your social privacy settings. You have social accounts, these networks have a lot of information about you. And you might be surprised how much of its visible to anybody on the internet by default, Ooh, that’s kind of scary. Check your privacy settings. It’s up to you to decide what information you want to share with complete strangers or just yourself.
Don’t use public storage is for private information. oversharing is not just happening on social media. Don’t use online services that are meant for sharing information to store your private data. For example, Google Docs isn’t an ideal place to
Unknown Speaker 20:56
store list of passwords. I’m now working with Bob antarian that everything on Google Docs and
Julie Coraccio 21:02
I don’t use that as frequently. And Dropbox, I have a Dropbox account when but a lot of other people listening do too. It’s not the best place to put your passport scam. Right. So just be thinking through, you guys are smart, you’ll figure it out. Keep your main email address and phone number private. I was talking earlier about setting up accounts specifically for online banking, or specifically if you’re going to sign up for a newsletter or you want to enter a contest. First, you’re gonna reduce the amount of spam and your email inbox and hundreds of robo calls on your phone. Now I have Google Voice guys and I have to tell you, some stuff gets through but when I was looking at Google Voice and I was like, Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize is I’m deleting on voices in Gmail. I have over 12,000 emails. The amount of robo calls that Google Voice has saved me from is phenomenal. And if you’re someone getting a lot looking at an option like that, but if you keep your email and phone number private, then it’ll be less of an issue. Don’t share it with random people on social networks again, just kind of use common sense. You can also consider creating an additional email account and purchase an additional SIM card to use for online shopping and other situations that require sharing your datum strangers. And finally, use messaging apps with end to end encryption. Most modern messaging apps use encryption, but in many cases, it’s what they call encryption and transit. messages are decrypted on the provider side and stored in its servers. But if someone hacks those don’t take that risk, especially if you’re a big messenger user. And my husband and I message all the time. It’s kind of boring, though. Nothing that’s important. But choose an end to end encryption. That way, even the messaging service provider can’t see your conversations. What app is my understanding has end to end encryption. Note that by default, Facebook Messenger, telegram and Google Allo don’t use end to end encryption. To enable it manually start a secret chat. So those are just a few tips as you are surfing the internet this holiday season and it’s good to do not just for the holidays, but keep your information keep your life private cut down on the robo calls and the spam that you’re getting. take actions from today’s podcast, a attention to your digital footprint. Read any terms and conditions before agreeing to sign up for anything. Log Out of websites. Use sites with an SSL certificate or HTTPS. Consider something like LastPass so you don’t keep using the same password for sites. Update your software regularly. Delete cookies after each session. Create a separate email for online purchases and use a write off phone number. Use a VPN On our next episode we’re talking about why less is more. Go out. Clear your clutter to create the life you choose deserve and desire. When you clear your clutter, you can share your gifts with the world. Sign up for our free newsletter at reawaken your brilliance calm. If you’ve enjoyed clear your clutter inside now, please rate review and share us
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