If you had any idea of just how much of your data is stored on the Internet you would probably throw your computer out of the window. Every click, swipe and tap you do on your device is stored by the website or app you are using. This data is then used to create an online profile of the user – that’s you. Have you ever wondered how Facebook knows to give you adverts for cheap flights just after you’ve been browsing Sky Scanner? Your browser stored your data and Facebook used it to generate targeted ads just for you. Sometimes your data profile can be handy, but sometimes it can be terrifying.
The data stored online
Protect Adviser is an e-book by Handy Reports that aims to fully inform you on what data you might have stored online; how to find it; and how to delete it. You might be wondering what the problem is. Why does it matter if the Internet keeps track of what you do and say? Surely, the fact that the Internet stores your data is a good thing because it gives you a more personalised browsing experience. There’s no denying there are advantages to having your data stored. The problem is when you want to be forgotten. Maybe you tweeted something years ago that you’re not proud of or a compromising photo gets leaked. Once something is on the Internet, it is very hard to get rid of it.
Of course, your own mistakes coming back to haunt you is one big fear for people using the Internet but it is not the only problem with data storage. There has been a flurry of anger recently as regards the phenomenon of fake news. Experts have publicly stated that the effects of fake news are so severe that they could lead to elections swinging certain ways by influencing the way people vote.
This would never be possible if the Internet did not have access to so much of your data. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms can see the kind of news and other media you interact with and it can feed you more of the same stuff. As it does this, your newsfeed becomes filled with similar stories promoting the exact beliefs you already have. Suddenly, your opinion is reinforced and without even realising it you are being subliminally controlled.
Data stored on the internet
With the help of the Protect Adviser from Handy Reports book you can track down all of the data that is stored on you on the Internet. Remember that MySpace page you had when you were 13? That information is still out there somewhere informing your online data profile. What you need to be able to do is track it down and get rid of it.
Using this e-book you can take control of your online presence and put an end to the manipulation of social media companies and the third parties to which they sell our data. You will be able to enforce your right to be forgotten and make sure companies delete every shred of data they have on you. You will also be given the tools you need to prevent companies from storing your data in the future, so you don’t need to go through this process again.
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