Saturday, December 2

How to protect yourself from online data collection

Hyperconnectivity is a reality. And it is that, users resort to the Internet for procedures as common as carrying out banking procedures or making purchases, which implies constant exposure and a continuous flow of personal data that is exposed on the network.

According to the “Study on the perception and level of trust in Spain” by Observaciber, 5 out of 10 users said they had been victims of some security incident during 2021. This percentage denotes that any device connected to the internet is susceptible to being attacked if not we take the appropriate measures.

In this sense, ANOVO technology after-sales experts have presented a series of tips to avoid data collection by our devices that compromises privacy.

How to protect yourself from data collection

According to the data from the Observaciver study, in Spain there has recently been a 61% growth in the number of people who have made some change in their online browsing habits after experiencing a security problem, a fact that hopes to raise awareness among when sharing an excessive amount of data, within the network and on the device itself.

For this reason, ANOVO has shared these tips to avoid data collection by our devices that compromises our privacy:

  • Back up to external devices. In general, users resort to backup copies to save valuable information stored on our devices. To maintain privacy and increase security, it is advisable to resort to storing information in the cloud or on external storage devices such as memory cards or other devices not linked to the current one.
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5 out of 10 users acknowledge having suffered a security incident on the network

  • Pay attention to enabled tracking cookies. By accepting cookies from a browser we are allowing a site to collect valuable data about our browsing habits. And, although it is true that enabling them translates into suggestions or advertising according to our interests, it is important to pay special attention to which pages we give access to this valuable information.
  • Manage the personal information and permissions you give across your devices. Storing personal information, documents or files on devices is a very common practice among users. From ANOVO they recommend that we be restrained and not store sensitive information on our computers for regular use. The most obvious example of this habit is repeatedly storing information on our device such as passwords to access bank accounts or our email. It is also important to limit access to the camera, microphone, contacts and even location.
  • Know the origin of the applications and identify which ones are more careful with your privacy. It is important to download the applications from the official pages and confirm that the origin of these is safe. In addition, it is necessary to promote the habit of consulting the privacy conditions that we accept when we access a web page or sign up for a platform or mobile application.
  • Pay attention to the senders of emails. Phishing is one of the most common practices for the theft of personal data. This technique consists of sending massive emails with fraudulent issuers who, under such common excuses as updating security policies or participating in a contest, ask the user to perform an action urgently. This email usually has a corporate aspect very similar to that of the organization it tries to impersonate and asks the user to access a link in order to provide personal data.
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