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How to Limit Data Collection

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FC: How to Limit Data Collection.

1: Always read the fine print. Not many people read those 'terms of agreement'. Which isn't always okay. Because in those lengthy documents could be some important information. Like whether or not they will sell your information to other companies. Your email, for example, has probably been sold if you are constantly getting spam mail from random companies that you have never even heard of.

2: Avoid using the same website for your email and search engines. For example, you can have a Yahoo email, and use Google for your search engine. This limits the total information retained by one website. Be sure to clear out your browsing history and cookies. (Cookies are data deposited by websites about your visit to them.) So that your searches and browsing history are not connected.

3: Avoid downloading search engine toolbars. When you do, it may permit them to collect information about your web surfing habits. Make sure you don't accidentally download one when downloading software. It happens usually with free software.

4: Disable automatic sign-ins. When you enable an auto sign-in, it saves your information. This means that someone can go on after you get off, and get into your account. Normally this won't be a problem on your personal computer, but it is on public computers.

5: Clear out your cookies! Make sure to clear out all of your cookies often. As said before, cookies are data deposits made by websites that you've visited. Someone can easily see what sites you've visited.

6: Determine who your audience is. This applies mostly to blogs and facebook. If you don't already know, you can change who can see what on your facebook profile. For example, you might not want someone to see your pictures. You can go to account settings and make it so only you can see them. You can also make them public, or so only your friends can see them.

7: Opt out cookies. If you haven't noticed, cookies are a main target when limiting your data collection. Because websites are adding data to that collection. Luckily you can go into your settings of whatever browser you use (Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer), and disable them.

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