Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Data Privacy Day: 2014 Edition

It's once again January 28th, which means it's once again Data Privacy Day! This is a great day to read up on privacy matters, check your privacy settings on various websites, see what web and mobile apps are doing, etc. Below various relevant links along with my own articles from last year's Data Privacy Day.
  • MyPermissions has shortcuts to the permission and privacy settings for many popular web apps. They also have a mobile app for alerting you of when new apps are getting info from your account.
  • It's a great day to visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation and read up on the latest privacy concerns and what you can do to protect yourself. The last year saw huge violations of privacy by various government and non-government organizations. The EFF is all of our friends in fighting for our privacy.
  • Android 4.3 users had the option to more easily review app permissions and selectively allow them via App Ops. Unfortunately if you're running 4.4.2 you can't any longer (hopefully the feature gets re-added in the near future)
  • Google released an official Device Manager for Android that allows you to locate, lock, and wipe your lost phone. Less third-party apps is always a good thing and it's free. Losing your phone is a huge potential privacy problem.
  • Facebook privacy settings are always changing, and facebook is still a big part of many people's online presence. Lifehacker has a great writeup on Facebook Privacy.
  • A comprehensive guide to passwords by me.
  • Most of us have a smartphone, and it usually holds a lot of personal info. Keep it safe.
  • Keeping things private on the web is no easy feat, but here's my guide on it.
  • Keep private information secure by encrypting it.
  • If your network is compromised, everything you do on it is potentially compromised too. Here's how to keep safe on networks.
Remember to spread the word about Data Privacy Day. Awareness is step #1 and the more people aware of Data Privacy Day, the bigger of a success it can be and the better off everyone can be.


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