It seems each week brings with it a new story about personal information being leaked online. Still, despite some sites introducing new security measures to protect their customers, the leaks continue.
Who’s to blame? Many times it’s the person we see in the mirror each morning, according to an infographic recently published by BackgroundCheck.org.
How many can relate to this scenario?
You visit a new website or begin using a shiny new app and are asked to provide personal information, such as your birthday, interests, or employment history.
Later, you find out this information is used elsewhere on the site, or worse, somewhere else.
While it is not illegal for sites or apps to collect this information, some sites are better than others at protecting this data.
Unfortunately, not everyone is using these tools.
Only 37 percent of Facebook users say they have used the site’s privacy tools, with 8 percent of U.S. users saying they’ve never changed their privacy settings.
Who are the sneaky apps?
The report targets eight apps that have had a history of not securing their customer’s private information.
Luckily, many of these apps have since been improved and/or been shutdown all together.
For example, after Path came under fire in February for automatically uploading iPhone users’ address books to their servers without permission, a new app update removed this capacity.
Girls Around Me, meanwhile, was pulled from the App Store in March.
So what can you do?
Plus, ask yourself this: Is the information you’re providing something you’d like shared with anonymous users? If the answer is no, don’t provide it.
Finally, be sure to read BackgroundCheck’s entire infographic, which we’re providing here. Simply click on it to make it larger.
Compiled By: BackgroundCheck.org
What have you done to protect your data online?