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Digital Hygiene 🧼

BeenVerified opt out: How to remove yourself from this people search engine

Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to opt out of BeenVerified, the people search website and clear your personal information from the internet. BeenVerified sells itself as the “everyday information company” that paints the people search website business as a common good. We aren’t here to argue there aren’t legitimate uses for these sites. But, […]

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Privacy Tools 🛠

The ultimate guide to digital security and privacy tools

It’s time to get proactive about your data privacy by incorporating these digital security and privacy tools into your online life. Digital security and privacy are becoming nearly as important as staying private and secure in the “real” physical world. As the realities of real-life and digital life continue to merge, it’s more important than […]

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Digital Hygiene 🧼

People search sites: How to remove yourself completely

People search sites are annoying and invasive. They make money by collecting your information from a variety of public sources to create personal profiles that they sell to other people. Here’s how to remove yourself from people search sites! If you’ve ever done a search of your name online, you likely have seen results from […]

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Digital Hygiene 🧼

Here’s how to create a strong password (Hint: avoid the obvious)

Difficult, hard-to-guess passwords are the most effective way to protect your online privacy. Here’s how to create a strong password that’s not catnip to hackers. Yet, many among us have no idea how to create a strong password. We look around and come up with good passwords that aren’t great…they’re actually easy to guess and […]

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Data Lab 🧪

National Privacy Survey 2020: What Americans want in a national privacy law

We asked over a thousand Americans what they want in a national privacy law. This is what they said. Privacy is our business. So we decided to take the pulse of privacy in America, to see how most Americans felt about the state of privacy today. In our inaugural our latest National Privacy Survey, we […]

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Privacy 101 🧠

What is browser fingerprinting? Here’s how to prevent it

What is browser fingerprinting? It’s creepy, that’s what! It tracks your online behavior, allowing others to know who you are as you browse the internet — all without any need for account logins or cookies. Just like a human fingerprint, your browser has a set of unique traits that can be traced back to you […]

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Privacy 101 🧠

What are data brokers?

If you’ve ever asked yourself, or anyone, the question, “what are data brokers,” then congratulations, dear friend. You have taken the most basic step you’ll need to protect your privacy on the internet and to protect yourself in the physical world. How? Well, you’ve chosen to educate yourself. The relatively unrestrictive privacy laws in the […]

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Data Breaches 🚨

The 5 most common types of data breaches

Data is everywhere. Every time you click, tap, post, submit, purchase, comment or like, Another data point has created. With access to enough of these data points, you can paint a complete picture about a person. Phone companies, departmental stores, hospitals, schools, libraries, and nearly every other place of public use or interest, store your […]

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Data Breaches 🚨

The latest data breaches: A tracker to see if you’ve been hacked

Has there been a data breach today? Look at the latest data breaches to find out… …because the answer is likely yes! The United States is the world’s most breached country, with billions of records exposed each year — or about 19 records per person annually! To keep track of the latest data breaches, we […]