How can I protect my personal data on the Internet?

by Filevert Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 09:25

The theft of personal data is a common and problematic phenomenon. Protecting your public data is essential to avoid trouble.

What a threat to privacy and personal information?

Users' personal data is of great value to companies.

For example, by knowing your search and browsing habits, advertisers can make a lot of money. When you search for apartments, the retrieval of your data and history suggests a nearby move. You'll then see ads for movers, DIY, credit and home insurance.

In more extreme cases, information such as your social security or bank account details can be resold on the dark web.

In accordance with obligations arising from national (Personal Data Protection Code) and European (General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR) legislation, it is essential to protect your information.

Please read the GTC

To better understand what is meant by "privacy", we invite you to consult the GTU of the sites on which you navigate. Certain areas or functionalities of the Site requiring the collection and use of information (for example, contests and private messages) may be subject to specific conditions or rules regarding confidentiality. Before entering your data, you may wish to consult these conditions, rules or terms of use.

Key points to check in the T&Cs

When reading the General Terms of Use (GTU), pay particular attention to the following points:

  • Data collection : What type of data is collected and for what purpose?
  • Data use : How will your data be used? Is it shared with third parties?
  • Data protection : What security measures are in place to protect your information?
  • Retention period : How long will your data be kept ?
  • User rights : What rights do you have regarding your data (access, rectification, deletion) ?
  • Cookies : What cookies are used and how can you manage your preferences?
  • Changes to the T&Cs : How will you be informed of changes to the T&Cs ?

Tips to protect your personal data

Here are a few tips to help you protect your personal data:

  • Use strong, unique passwords for each account.
  • Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible.
  • Avoid sharing sensitive personal information on social networks.
  • Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date.
  • Beware of suspicious e-mails and messages, and don't click on unsolicited links or attachments.
  • Check your privacy settings regularly on the sites you use.
  • Use a VPN to secure your Internet connection, especially on public networks.

Protecting your data starts with understanding how it's used when you visit websites. By understanding the different issues, you can choose the cookies you need to browse while protecting your privacy.

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