I don’t know about you, but my online activity has increased substantially in the past year. I’ve had Zoom calls, managed remote learning, streamed countless movies and ordered everything (even groceries) online. While all of this has been extremely convenient, it also means that more of my personal information is available online.
Anytime you visit a website, create a new account, shop an app or use a streaming platform, your activity is being tracked and added to your online profile. Because most of this information is shared and marketed to online advertisers, your personal information is spread all over the internet.
One way you can protect your online privacy this year is to check the privacy policies of any site you visit. You need to know what is happening to the information you provide and how that information is handled should you decide to delete any accounts. Most company’s policies are written like a novel because they know most people won’t take the time to read them. There are sites that will abbreviate those policies into an easy-to-read format, highlighting vital information about how your personal information is being used.
It’s important to remember that any information you give is collected, becomes part of your digital footprint, and once it’s out there, it’s out there forever.