We can say that it’s almost impossible to completely stop data collection as long as you have an account somewhere on the Internet. You can only minimize the amount of data collected. For example, if you have an email account, that email is going to end up associated with other accounts you make on the web. The data will be directly tied to that email and with enough digging through databases, it is entirely impossible to determine many things about you such as your product preferences and what you are likely to search for in the future based on your history.

Below are some simple ways that you can practice to minimize the amount of data apps may collect from you.

Tracking Cookies

The good thing about cookies is that they are a great way to track your activity outside of a website. Called as tracking cookies, they give a website access to your search and navigation statistics, which allows them to provide even more personalized experiences. For example, if you browse a lot of sites about power tools, you may see a lot of advertisements for power tools.

However, if you do not feel comfortable with this much intimate information circulating about you, then it’s better for you to clear your cookies often. This works well especially if you use Facebook from your browser rather than using the official app. To automate the clearing of cookies, you can use Private (or Incognito) mode in your browser. When you close it, the entire cache and all its cookies will be wiped out.

Limiting Mobile Ads

 

Your browsing history can still be accessed by applications on your phone. It is a known fact that mobile apps have direct and intimate access to the phone’s Internet traffic. While there’s nothing you can really do to entirely eliminate data collection from apps aside from uninstalling them, you can at least stop them from collecting that data for advertisement purposes.

Opt for Other Search Engines

Google is a huge name to reckon with when it comes to tech products and applications Its products are composed of nearly 2 billion lines of code and the company probably has the largest single data storage and acquisition infrastructure in the world. If you’re using Android, there’s no way to escape Google’s data collection since the operating system itself is written and distributed by the company. In iOS, you’re just switching Google over for Apple and in many cases, you’re giving your information to both.

But again, the idea here is to minimize the amount of data you send. One of the ways you can do that is to use DuckDuckGo (which is often associated with data privacy) as your browser’s default search engine.

Be Invisible to Location Tracking

 

Smartphones are highly excellent at tracking your daily activities, from the path you usually take on a morning run to the restaurant you eat at most frequently. Location tracking helps companies determine what places are relevant to you and whether you prefer to see advertisements with special offers from those locations. If you are concerned about data privacy, this should be one of the first things you turn off. You can start by disabling your GPS antenna. But your phone can still send data about the Wi-Fi networks you connect to, which can still assist applications with tracking your location.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 6:12:07 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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