Today, many of our institutions, both commercial and government, collect far too much information about private individuals, often without our consent. This is partly because technological innovation has outpaced regulation. That is why you need to stay informed of technological advancements and understand the privacy issues.Start Now
Tons of privacy information exists, but it’s very fragmented and scattered across the internet and hard for the average consumer to act upon. So, I (Privacy Steward) have made it my mission to find, review, and distill this information into meaningful and actionable data and actions you can take today.
Throughout this website you'll find, clear, easy-to-take privacy actions that will empower you to take charge of your digital rights, protect your family and, join others in making a difference.Start Now
We all want the benefits of new technologies, but only with the confidence that our companies and government will use information about us fairly and responsibly.
Learn more about privacy regulations, your rights, and bills pending action in congress. Stay informed about industry and government privacy programs, and find links right here to the best privacy resources - privacy tools and services, websites, news/blogs, and more.Start Now
Smartphones have our contact lists, emails, location, call and text logs, photos, health data, and so much more. However, smartphone apps can access this sensitive data in ways that people do not expect.
To combat this issue a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University started a program to assign privacy grades to smartphone apps (currently for Android OS) based on techniques they developed to analyze an applications privacy-related behaviors.
To check a smartphone apps privacy grade visit, PrivacyGrade.org.
The Web sites you visit often work with online advertisers to provide you with relevant ads based on the content you viewed or searched. This is referred to "interest-based advertising" or "online behavior advertising".
Click here to exercise your choice to Opt-Out of online behavior advertising from all companies that are part of the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory program, or visit, AboutAds.info to learn more about your Choices or how online advertising supports the free content, products and services you use online.
2-Step verification adds an extra layer of security to your online accounts, dramatically reducing the chances of your personal information from being stolen. Once enabled, you will receive a code on your registered phone that you will need to enter on the website before you can login. This has to be done only the first time you login from a new device.
This extra step authorizes your device to access the website. This means that a bad guy would now not only need your username and password but also have to gain access to your phone to break in.
To turn on 2-step verification for Google services (like Gmail) follow these steps,
1. Go to your Account settings after you login
2. Go to the Security settings
3. Enable 2-Step Verification and follow online instructions.
If you're not sure that a file is safe, take a few seconds to first check if the file is free of viruses, worms, trojans, and any other kind of malware.
Upload the file to a Free Online Virus/Malware Scanning tool like, VirusTotal.
Paying for your purchases using a smart phone app has become more common and convenient. In a sense you have a digital wallet that contains your credit card numbers, store loyalty cards, and even digital coupons. When you get to the checkout counter, you pay by swiping your phone at the checkout. You can also use it online. Before you decide to use a digital wallet provider, make certain that your phone has the required chip that allows you to use the mobile payment app.
Also find out how the mobile wallet service ensures the security of your cards and each transaction. Some questions to ask:
Source: 2014 Consumer Action Handbook
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