Due to both work and interests I have been very active on social media for many years. All of them. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, but also the old ones that are no longer in business. Basically, if there was a new service I signed up on it and tried it out. Often it was to figure out what the service was all about and thus also to figure out how it worked.
Well timed for my latest series of privacy related things I received an e-mail the other day, from Google. They wanted to let me know that they know exactly where I am and where I have been, regardless of if I'm using their Chrome browser or not. Apparently I have settings and apps in my iPhone (which obviously is made by Apple, not Google) that automatically report this stuff back to Google.
I've been keeping myself rather busy over the last week's evenings with various things as I am wrapping my head around exactly how deeply entrenched I have been, and in some cases still am, into some services that devour my personal details. It is eye opening to say the least. Eye watering in some cases.
If you are browsing the Internet, as you currently are (unless you consume this content via RSS), you will be using a web browser, either in your mobile device or in your laptop/desktop. Most often that web browser has come with the operating system.
After all of this, what should one do? Well, I can't answer for what you can or should do, as it all depends on what you use today and what you do within those apps/services.
I shall be starting with defining what I would need fixed, as it always is easier to measure if I am reaching my goal if I actually have a goal.
In my previous post I highlighted how Facebook eerily seems to target advertising based on what you post, comment and like (do the "thumbs up", or "heart" etc). I also described an experience that made me feel like Facebook was listening through not only mine, but also a friends iPhone.
In a previous set of articles I wrote about how you can increase the security within your most used apps such as Facebook, Google, iCloud etc, to avoid getting hacked or having your account taken over by someone who shouldn't be posting as you, or have access to your personal details.