Does it bug you that companies you have no relationship with, and in fact, have never heard of, are gathering information about you and your online activities? If you’ve got 10 minutes, here are 3 (relatively) easy things you can do to stop—or at least slow down—tracking:
- Install Adblock Plus (or Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger) to block online ads and tracking.
- Change your browser preferences so that your cookies expire when you exit your browser and don’t allow third-party cookies.
- Install Electronic Frontier Foundation’s HTTPS Everywhere. This browser extension forces an encrypted connection when possible and encrypts your, making your browsing more secure.
These 3 simplified steps were pulled from an Electronic Frontier Foundation article that has helpful additional information and details if you’d like to implement any of the 3 steps.
For UAPL’s last Choose Privacy Week activity, we will hold a Cryptoparty on Saturday May 7 between 10am - 4pm. Drop in for assistance installing privacy software on your laptop or device. If you can’t make it, but would like to learn more, there is a continuing education class through UA Lifelong Learning on May 9, Addressing Security: Privacy and Passwords from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
For additional information on privacy:
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, ‘How Online Tracking Companies Know Most of What You Do Online (and What Social Networks Are Doing to Help Them)’
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, ‘Simple changes to protect your privacy online’
- Electronic Frontier Foundation, ‘Simple Security Starter Pack’
- Library Freedom Project on Digital Privacy
- Library Freedom Project on Mobile Privacy
- They know everything about you how data-collecting corporations and snooping government agencies are destroying democracy
- Data and Goliath: the hidden battles to collect your data and control your world