We are leaving little footprints everywhere we go online. Below are some suggestions on how to clean up that footprint.

January 28th is Data Privacy Day.

For example, Unroll.me (a Chrome Extension) is scanning your email inbox, looking for receipts from Uber and Lyft, and selling that data to each company.

Lifelock

Just the other day I got a notice that someone tried to apply for credit in my name. I signed up for Lifelock Standard and it is definitely worth it!

In addition, freeze your credit.

Do these tasks monthly

Download your data from LastPass, Google Contacts, Google Takeout, your Internet browser bookmarks and store them offline.

Delete devices from accessing your Android Phone, Amazon Devices

Delete your Google Browsing History.

See what Third Party apps are connected to your Google Account.

If you are using a browser (Chrome, Brave, etc) that allows you to install extensions, delete any of them that you don’t need

Do a scan for viruses and malware. I use MalwareBytes.com

Put a piece of tape over your webcam when you aren’t using it

Use a VPN when you are on public WIFI. I use VPN Unlimited

Setup Encryption on your computer. On a Mac you can go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > FileVault

Setup a Firewall on your computer. On a Mac you can go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Firewall

Are there any extra users on your personal computer. On a Mac you can go to System Preferences > Users & Groups

Check what apps are connected to Google, Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote, and Facebook

Edit what ad settings you want for Google

Review your Facebook activity by going to https://www.facebook.com/[YOURUSERNAME]/allactivity

Have you giving anyone access to your accounts: YouTube, Gmail Delegation, Twitter Multi-user, Facebook Page Manager, shares on Dropbox, LastPass Sharing,

Make sure you are moving data off your phone. Use Camera Uploads if you have Dropbox

If you run a website on WordPress, remove any extra users by adding this the end of a URL: /wp-admin/users.php

Make your inbox more interesting.

Get our email and be the first to know what we are writing about.

Security trends to keep an eye on

Keep an eye out for 82.163.143.135 and 82.163.142.137

Currently, you can check to make sure you aren’t affected by launching System Preferences, heading into the Network menu, choosing “Advanced” and toggling over to the DNS menu. On that menu, keep an eye out for 82.163.143.135 and 82.163.142.137.

mshelper

Do a search for an application called “mshelper.”