These Are The Biggest Privacy Threats You Face Online Today

These Are The Biggest Privacy Threats You Face Online Today

When it comes to online privacy many people choose convenience over security. It’s true that sharing too much on social media, using ridiculously simple passwords for online accounts and blindly giving permission to app developers and “data brokers” to track your every move are sure-fire ways to relinquish your privacy. But there are other threats you need to know about.

Webcam Access – While it’s rare, there are known exploits that allow others to access your webcam (such as malicious software or software security flaws). Putting electrical tape over your webcam isn’t a bad idea, but more webcams are coming with kill switches and shutters for peace of mind.

Phishing Scams – Don’t ever expect these to go away. People still fall for them. NEVER click links in emails from anyone you don’t know (and even if you do know them, verify that they sent you a link — email addresses can be spoofed).

Web Browser Plug-ins – Vet every browser plug-in and extension you install. Many extensions collect your browsing history and sell it. Read the terms of service before you click install (a good rule of thumb for software in general).

Ad Tracking – Web ads (and web ad providers, such as Facebook and Google) are notorious for tracking users. They want to know what you like so they can cater ads directly to you in the hopes that you’ll click the ad, which gives them ad revenue. It’s one of the many reasons why people use ad blockers.

Device Tracking – If you have a smartphone, chances are it’s being used to track your every move. Again, it comes back to delivering ads that are relevant to you so you’ll click on them. For companies like Facebook and Google, users are the product. Inc., 7/19/2019