Take a Few Moments to Perform these Online Privacy Checks Right Now
Check your online privacy with these handy resources. The results of this privacy check will give you just a small glimpse into how online tracking and profiling works. These resources are grouped thematically and are all free. Our favorites are preceded with the ⇒ symbol.
EFF’s Panopticlick determines if your browser configuration is rare or unique and thereby easy to track
MyPermissions shows you which websites and online apps have access to your information, helping shed light on your privacy settings
StayInvisible tests to see what tracking methods work on your browser.
Google (& YouTube)
⇒ To see how accurately (or not) Google has profiled you check Ad Settings.
To see what apps have access to your Google account (and thus your profile) check Apps connected to your account. Select the ‘Revoke access’ button for any apps you don’t use or don’t trust.
Visit the Google Dashboard and enable the option “Send me monthly reminders to check my account activity“. This will help you stay on top of recent activities on your account.
⇒ Facebook’s Activity Log (https://www.facebook.com/me/allactivity) shows all your recent Facebook activity
Your Facebook Likes (https://www.facebook.com/me/likes) can tell a lot about you (most people keep all their likes public but there is no reason for you to do so especially if you would rather keep some of your likes secret)
Regularly check your Facebook privacy settings and tools directly at https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy
The site YouAreWhatYouLike analyses your personality based solely on your Facebook likes, giving a small glimpse into how online trackers and profilers may be using the same information
Wolfram Alpha’s analytics tool for Facebook (signup required) maps your online relationships
Cambridge’s Apply Magic Sauce examines your Facebook profile presents you with sometimes very interesting results, giving you yet another glimpse into how online tracking and profiling may be utilizing the same techniques
⇒ MIT’s Immersion analyzes the metadata found in your email often revealing a detailed description of your personal and professional interactions
⇒ ScanEye demonstrates how easily snoops can monitor your torrent file-sharing activities by your IP address
People Search Directories
Search your name and/or telephone number in any number of free databases to see the information about you that might already be widely available, including
- Zabasearch http://www.zabasearch.com/
- Spokeo http://www.spokeo.com/
- US Search http://www.ussearch.com/
- Intelius http://www.intelius.com/
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With the results of this privacy check now in hand, explore our site and start your journey on becoming more private and even anonymous online.
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