How do you Remain Anonymous on the Internet if you browse, shop, download applications and join groups and communities?
With the significant increase in data selling and sharing, it’s becoming increasingly hard to remain anonymous on the internet. Most of us can’t live without the convenience of being able to shop, browse, and pay bills online. We also read our news, are active in multiple social media accounts or even download books and magazines to read digitally. Whether through a phone or a laptop, a very large portion of the US is online and 50% of the entire world is online. That’s a lot of data. Most websites, applications and social media companies ask for at least some personal information, such as our name and telephone number. Others go further asking for our home address, gender, interests, and other information. Many applications now want to connect with your email, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts. With all of this information floating around online, is it possible to be anonymous on the internet. The experts at Wiperts say it is. They are experienced internet removal service who know how to remove your information from the internet. Though initially it is not easy to become anonymous, once you do, it becomes easier to stay that way. It helps greatly to have a monitoring service for at least the first year after having a purge of your personal, private information from the Internet.
To stay anonymous on the internet requires some effort from you. All of your accounts need to be set to private. If you have a Facebook account, you should have no third party applications, or very few. Delete them and stop using them. They are notorious for selling your personal information and they can access all your data through Facebook. Don’t share across accounts unless you need to for business. For instance, don’t link your Facebook account with your Instagram account, even though you are given this option. Doing so transfers data from one to the other including all your private data, friends, activities and other info. If you link accounts for business such as Instagram and TicTail, or Etsy or another selling site, then make sure you’re not adding personal information to these apps such as your own name, address, family member names or other information.
If you have to, turn off location services, or at least set them to only have access to your location when you are using the application. Many third party apps you download onto your phone also track your data and want to link to your social media accounts. In this way they get access to a wealth of data about you and your habits. If you can live without the app, get rid of it. If you find that your battery is suddenly draining at a rapid pace after downloading a specific app, delete it, that means its constantly on and running in the background, and potentially gathering and sending data back to the applications owners/developers. Be wary of apps that seem sketchy. Even though Apple and Android claim to vet all third party apps thoroughly, there are a lot of apps that are clearly gathering data from phones. Always check your privacy settings and location services when downloading a new app and for each individual application you have on your phone. Make sure sharing or access to your camera and microphone is set to “While Using” or never. Many apps do not need your location for any reason. For instance, there is no reason why Factune needs your location, ever. However, Weather, your banks, Safari, Google Maps and Waze or other navigation software obviously do need access to your current location while the app is being used. These programs do not need this information when the are closed.