Just How Private Is Your Personal Information Online?



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Each time you post on social media, you reveal a little bit more about who you are, what you like, and perhaps even where you live. The infographic below explains some ways in which your private information is not so private after all.

Here are some steps you can take in order to reduce your private information that is accessible online. First, you can look up your name on data brokerage sites such as AnyWho, Spokeo, and ZoomInfo. These data brokers aggregate all of your online information from across the web into one page. If you’re not happy with the info you find, you can begin removing your info. Visit this Lifehacker article to find out how.

Two more things you might have never considered with online privacy. You are likely familiar with Google Maps, and Google Street View. Well, anyone with your home address can see your house or apartment online, and gather information just from that, such as cable provider, security equipment, neighboring buildings, and more. Another surprise is the lack of protection from website security questions. Hackers can find out these answers easier than you think, so it’s important to not only switch your questions and answers on various sites, but also select answers that are less likely to be online or associated with your web presence.

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