Surveillance capitalism is often a source of making us feel as if we're in a bind. Everything we do is monitored. Every single click, post, and every destination we go to is being monitored. To monitor or exploit, manipulate and influence us, corporations and governments gather as much data possible. What's so terrible about this? Individuals' data has been used to support political causes and to sell them items that target their deepest fears. The problem is only getting more invasive. Insurance companies now use algorithms to analyse your personal information to determine the amount of insurance you need to purchase. The companies keep track of everything you do online including your educational level as well as how much you spend on TV, what you purchase and your marital status and a lot more. This means that if you purchase plus-size clothing or have recently been through a divorce or separation, the algorithm will likely place you at a greater chance of developing depression. The price of mental health insurance can be prohibitive. They force you to pay more. It's so much fun. What could we do to alter this? Everywhere we look it seems that every action we take adds to the amount of data we have on our computers. There seems to be no way to prevent it from happening. Keep your privacy protected. You may feel defeated, but there is still a way to make some difference. It's impossible to go away from the grid entirely. However, there are some things you can do. Here are three steps I've taken to help you too.
Step 1 - Learn about how your data is collected
Knowing how your information is being used is the first step in fighting this. The majority of people are aware that any online content, private or not, can be tracked and stored. This includes emails, social media posts, WhatsApp messages, and browsing history. However, it is important to be aware that everything you do on the internet will generate data about you. The companies are getting more sophisticated in the ways they gather data about you.
Google is a prime example. They're constantly finding new ways to capture your personal data. Google Street View cars driving across the globe, taking photos, were found to stealthily look through WiFi networks to retrieve personal data from transmissions that are not encrypted. Google Glass is a wearable technology that allows users to enter private spaces. Google Home can always hear what you say, as long as it's on. Niantic is which is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet Inc., released Pokemon Go in 2016. The game utilized the camera on your phone and GPS to track Pokemon. It also was a great way for you to gain access to private spaces and the nooks and corners of your home that are otherwise unavailable. In addition, Pokemon Go could also be considered an experiment by Google to test whether people could be controlled digitally to taking the path that is directed to them. These companies are devious, so it's vital to be aware of the data you could be communicating with the internet each time you browse.
Step 2 - Determine how your tracking is done
Your data is collected. But how do you make use of it?
The Big 5 (Google Facebook, Apple and Microsoft) are able to monitor your online presence at any time. Your data is collected and stored through social media, email, streaming, browsing and gaming. Because these big 5 control the market for data they are able to easily make data hyperlinks. Facebook is the sole owner of Instagram, WhatsApp and its own social media platform. Facebook allows you to connect all of your accounts to create a single profile with the three sources of data. Facebook is a good way to log in and access your Spotify, Twitter, and other accounts. Soon, a large amount of information will be sent to the repository. To avoid your data being turned into a complete persona of yourself, it is necessary to cut the links between your data points. To avoid this you need to separate your data usage. This isn't an easy task. It's a practice which some people take seriously. They try to remove all digital footprints, so it is impossible for their movements as well as actions to be tracked. This could include using multiple online identities or using cash in lieu of credit cards. It is also possible to use different email addresses and phones for various reasons. This isn't practical for many. Also, deleting your Google and Facebook profiles would make it impossible to work in such a situation.
So what can you do instead?
Step 3: Make a few tiny digital adjustments
"The people will divide between those who want convenience and those that like privacy." -Niels Ode Finnemann Niels Ode Finnemann
What level of convenience will you sacrifice in order for your privacy. It's likely that not.
I will share with you a few small, manageable steps that I have taken in order to regain some privacy. These steps limit the amount of data that these companies can access and give you more freedom to use the internet without worry about being monitored.
UniMe UniWOrld Ecosystem
Connecting people to virtual assistants to enhance their lives and their businesses, the app features wallet payments, verification and many more. It is integrated with all you expect from AI/Blockchain. See crypto wallet payment. Unity is the UniWorld Ecosystem. (Follow Uni Tokens.)
DuckDuckGo -- A safer search engine
Your online searches can reveal a lot. Your deepest thoughts, questions and private conversations are revealed through what you type into your search. Web search is among those search engines that are simple to hide. Giving similar results, DuckDuckGo is a useful alternative to Google's search engine. DuckDuckGo is my preferred search engine since you can use it to browse privately and not worry about being tracked. It also offers site encryption and stops the tracking.
Brave - Safer Internet Browser
If you use DuckDuckGo however, you may be monitored by Google when you use the Chrome web browser. This is why it is essential to choose an encryption-secure browser and that blocks trackers. Tor is the strongest browser, but it can be a challenge to set up and get used to. Brave is my favorite browser. It's quick, private, secure, and the best of the bunch. It's also available for Android and iOS and you can install it as well.
Bromite is the best Android browser
This mobile browser is one of the most well-known. It also includes ad blocking and enhanced privacy. Unfortunately the option is only available for Android.
Telegram - A more efficient messaging mobile application
It's not simple to move your conversation to a different mobile application. It requires inviting everyone to join your conversation. Most people are still using WhatsApp and don't want to switch. Signal is the best choice for privacy and security. Signal is not used by a lot of people, and its feature list isn't sufficient to convince users to quit their existing apps.
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