Want to know what personal information is online and easily available to others? A site like Spokeo — a people search engine that aggregates white-pages listings and public records — makes it possible to view details about yourself beyond age, address and phone number. Its searches can turn up house photos, address history, religion, political affiliations, financial status, tax records, social network details and much more. The good news is, you can opt out of it.
There are also apps that can help protect your privacy on the web, such as PrivacyFix (use to check your privacy settings for Google, Facebook and other websites). Here are a few more suggestions from ISG that you may want to try.
- Privacy and Browsers: Panopticlick: How unique and trackable is your browser? (Electronic Freedom Foundation, EFF) | Incognito Browsing
- Apps to protect you online:
- Privacy suite: Abine
- Blocks ads: Adblock Plus, AdBlock, AdSweep for Chrome & Opera
- No ad tracking: Beef Taco
- No tracking from major sites: Disconnect
- No third party tracking: Ghostery
- Manage your third party tracking: RequestPolicy
- Manage what gets sent to sites: RefControl
- No tracking from Flash: Betterprivacy
Finally, we also recommend that you become acquainted with The Privacy Professor, Rebecca Herold, who offers a free monthly privacy awareness tips via email. You can also catch her on Twitter (@PrivacyProf) and follow her blog.