That's because of GDPR, which expands to General Data Protection Regulation. It aims to give control to EU citizens over their data, with effective from 25th May 2018. All companies that collect or process data of EU citizens come under the scope of GDPR.
We all know Tech Companies collect users data and how targeted marketing impacts businesses. They also have the danger of data breaches (With great power, comes great responsibility).
Microsoft, yesterday tweeted about the amount of data, users will be generating by 2020.
By 2020...— Microsoft (@Microsoft) May 7, 2018
📲 There will be 30B Connected devices
📊 Individuals will generate 1.5GB of data per day
🏠 Smart homes will generate 50GB of data per day
🚘 Autonomous vehicles will generate 5TB of data per day
🏢 Smart buildings will generate 150GB of data per day#MSBuild
With this much importance given to your data, here's how to have little of data privacy. I've tried to balance between privacy and usability as you won't be needing military grade privacy.
Google being the synonym for search engine, outperforms all other competitors. But when it comes to privacy, you really need look for alternatives.
Fortunately there is DuckDuckGo which performs more than enough. I found it little uncomfortable at first, but now duckduckgo feels home.
With the tagline The search engine that doesn't track you, the @duckduckgo needs no signup. It has some handy features for developers like generating UUID and lot more like bangs.
No more handbag or mobile ads following you everywhere :)
Real pain comes here. It is really hard to give up chrome when you get used to it. Mac OS X users can try to make safari their default. (Edge for windows users? LOL). However none of them will be compromising to make the change.
DuckDuckGo's plugin helps a little here. My suggestion would be Firefox Quantum for Windows and Linux users. Mac users can stick to safari as Firefox seem to consume more power and resources there. Hope they improve it soon.
Firefox Quantum—now in Beta!—is twice as fast as Firefox was just a year ago. https://t.co/fosfCaMyne— Firefox 🔥 (@firefox) September 26, 2017
Tweak Privacy Settings
Apps and social media may have their specific settings for privacy. For Example, Removing unused apps (Apps where you use login using Facebook) from your account can help. Your Android may have settings like 'Send usage statistics to Google, Save Location history' and few others which needs to be turned off for privacy. By default, all Android devices mostly will have Google Keyboard. Have you seen this setting before?
All your emails are definitely being watched and not private. Here comes the Protonmail for rescue. They provide PGP encrypted email service. They even have a cool shorter domain pm.me (email@example.com)
Happy private emails :)
🎉 Short email domains are here! 🎉 Starting today, all #ProtonMail users can activate a shorter https://t.co/4O9C63k7OO email address, short for "Private Message Me" or "ProtonMail Me" 😊 https://t.co/ZZIva9zRjR pic.twitter.com/AjhnJESUEw— ProtonMail (@ProtonMail) March 29, 2018
Did you notice?
we have been told that Whatsapp doesn't store texts and media in servers and so you can't download a media second time in case you lost it. Recently Whatsapp changed this behavior and Whatsapp beta now has the feature of re-downloading media. With that, Rajesh was able to download media that were even a year old. Now, do you notice?
Apart from your data being collected by companies, there is danger of data breach. Facebook data leak and Github and Twitter logging plain text passwords were on the headlines this year. Inorder to stay safe online, You really need to
- Use different passwords across sites
- Regularly update OS and apps
- Avoid using password managers (If they are compromised, POOF)
- Change passwords regularly (Your account may be have compromised without your knowledge)
- I repeat, Use different passwords across sites. (This is where many people fail, Password brute-force dictionaries out there contain breached passwords and I myself have found user passwords like these while reporting bugs).
Maintaining different strong passwords without a password manager is difficult. Right? Check out stateless password managers. They don't store your passwords (Dark Magic? Nah, Mathematics). They can become your life saver.
I try writing another post on using stateless password managers. As of now, try to get started with Lesspass.
These changes will help you to get little privacy.
However, Complete Privacy is a JOKE
You can limit the data you share with these apps, but you shouldn't even think of complete privacy in 2018.