Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The basics of protecting yourself online

As I write this, people all over my Facebook feed are downloading an app that ages their face so they can see what they might look like when they are old.

I was suspicious immediately. After a bit of research, I found that the app is owned by a Russian company and that it asks for permanent access to all your photos as a condition of use.

This happens every few months. Popular apps or websites promise to do something cool with your face or your dog's face or tell you about your personality. But most people don't know what can and is done with that information.

I had planned on writing a bit about Digital Hygiene--learning to use digital tools well and protect yourself (and others). This event bumped it up on my list of things to write about.

Below is a bookmark that gives a basic overview of how to function online in a way that protects your info and devices. Most of these are things that are pretty easy. I'll write more about passwords soon.

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