Intro and Chapter 1

Intro and Chapter 1

 
 
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How much privacy do you really have online, and is there a way to get more of your privacy back? If you know anything about advertising, you know that Facebook’s proposition to advertisers is that, because they collect so much data about their users, businesses are better off advertising with them than with major broadcast networks.
Despite this pitch, Facebook ads are not necessarily the best or most effective form of advertising, but they certainly do collect a lot of data, as do other social media sites. And that data collection does make many of the online services we use easier and more convenient. But does that mean that you have to sacrifice your privacy? In this chapter, I’ll explore some of the ways you can protect your online privacy.
Some highlights from this chapter include:
  • Why you should put tape over your webcam
  • Which browser is the most secure
  • Which search engine allows you to search without tracking your activity
  • Which messaging app is most secure
  • Which adblocker you should choose
  • How to opt out of many ad networks that track your browsing history
  • Which browser extension can provide a more secure connection between your browser and certain insecure websites
  • How to delete your old social media accounts
  • How often you should update your passwords
  • What to do if you’re the victim of a data breach
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