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.
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
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
Edit what ad settings you want for Google
Review your Facebook activity by going to https://www.facebook.com/[YOURUSERNAME]/allactivity
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
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Security trends to keep an eye on
Keep an eye out for 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
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 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11.
Do a search for an application called “mshelper.”