The World Wide Web has managed to change almost every facet of modern life. But have you ever stop to think about your presence on the web?
Not all of your security needs are physical, these days some of your biggest threats come from the virtual world. Every time we post on social media, we share a little bit of our personalities, and as a result, a little bit of our data. It might sound all kinds of futuristic, but the reality is quite simple. The information about you, in essence, your data, is more valuable than you think. People and companies can piece together little bits of you until they have a full picture. And terrifyingly, depending on the type of data shared as well as the amount shared, identify thieves can quickly paint a realistic portrait of who you are.
If you have spread yourself too wide across the web and now you are wondering if you can minimise your web presence, we can help you with some of the most basic ways to remove yourself from the web. The internet has many fabulous uses, and it has not only revolutionised the way that we work but it has completely altered the way that we communicate.
Reducing your online presence
There’s good news and there is bad news if you want to remove yourself from the web. The bad news is that you will never be able to completely remove yourself from the internet. Certain information will be up there forever. Luckily, South Africa is not as committed to making your information as readily available online as it is in the USA. However, even we South Africans have some data that is going to be up there forever.
To give yourself more protection from hackers, and others who’ll use your information to do harm, and to stop that often annoying personalised advertising, here are a few things you can do.
The great news is that you can remove quite a lot of information and ultimately reduce your digital presence by following this advice.
Delete your accounts
Social media is one of the biggest ways that we interact online. And it is also a place where we share information about ourselves that makes it really easy for companies to target us using specific advertising. The problem is that we often sign up for all sorts of things online without giving it a second thought. From having to sign up to receive a free download, to needing an account in order to do a little shopping, without realising it, you can end up with multiple accounts that you don’t need.
To start your online purge, go through your list of accounts and remove the ones you never use or no longer want. If you can’t remember where you have accounts, go through your emails. Confirmation of accounts should be there.
Close email accounts
There are many places online where you can open free email accounts. If you have multiple accounts, and you leave them open, there is a good chance that they can be hacked. Check which accounts you have and close the ones you no longer use.
Invest in a VPN
Most of us are used to the modern conveniences of doing things online, such as banking and shopping. If you want to continue doing these things but you don’t want to have to worry about your information being misused, you should buy a VPN. This piece of software will keep your online presence protected.