Is It Time to Revisit Your Privacy Settings?

Author: PeopleFinders on November 2nd, 2019
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Cybersecurity is a hot topic, especially as more and more issues regarding it rise up from big companies. Part of the issue is that people haven’t passed legislation that adheres to the current reality. How do privacy laws in the physical world translate to privacy laws online? Most legislation doesn’t have an answer to this question.

That’s why it’s so important for you to pay attention to your own security. Even if there isn’t legislation specifically addressing certain elements of privacy, you need to take it into your own hands. If any of these apply to you, it’s probably a good idea to revisit your privacy settings.

It’s Been a Long Time

In general, you should revisit your privacy settings at least every few months. Sometimes privacy settings may change without warning, or companies may send out emails regarding changing privacy settings that you lose in your email inbox.

No matter what phone or computer you have, it’s pretty easy to check your privacy settings. Because cybersecurity is more important than ever, most developers and software engineers have made privacy settings more transparent. If an app is using too much information, you’re likely to catch it as long as you check your privacy settings regularly.

You Recently Got a New Phone

Although this is important for any new phone, it’s especially important if you’re completely moving over to a new OS. For example, although you should definitely check your settings if you upgrade from an iPhone 6 to an iPhone 7, it’s even more important if you’re moving from an iPhone 6 to a Samsung phone.

You should stick to these guidelines for a brand new OS as well. Though a minor update doesn’t necessarily warrant a look through all your settings, a major update — such as an update from iOS 12 to iOS 13 — should prompt you to look at your privacy settings again. Many upgrades will inform you of any important privacy changes, and in this modern era, a lot of those privacy changes actually help you stay safer. Still, you might as well do a quick check.

You’ve Heard About a Data Breach

Data breaches happen more frequently than you might think, but if you’re not tuned into cybersecurity news, you probably only hear about the really significant ones. True, these are often the ones that need the most attention, but you should probably at least check your security settings and change some passwords if you hear about even a minor data breach.

This is, of course, even more important if it’s a significant breach. There are a couple of different significant breaches: ones that expose lots of people’s information, ones that expose lots of different types of non-sensitive information and ones that expose extremely sensitive information. If you notice a significant breach, which major news sources will usually report on, make sure you react according to the information the breach leaked.

You’re Experiencing Privacy Issues Elsewhere

In today’s era, you’re always connected to lots of things at once. Your phone and computer probably run on the same wi-fi network most of the time, you’re probably signed in to the same accounts on multiple devices, and you might even have smart technology helping you with these connections. Although this can make life easier for you, it can also mean a privacy breach in one area can actually show up in another one. When you experience privacy issues, you should check your settings. If you’re not sure whether your information is out there, you’ll want to use PeopleFinders to check.

With PeopleFinders, it’s easier than ever for you to keep yourself and your family safe. There are plenty of different ways to use PeopleFinders, and general security is only the beginning. You can check to see if you need to clean up your online presence by simply performing a people search on yourself. Then, use the other methods outlined on the PeopleFinders blog to add even more safety to your life.

Conclusion

Privacy is, of course, an important part of your life, and that includes both physical and online safety. You don’t want to learn about a data breach and have no recourse. You also don’t want to live with a privacy leak you don’t know about. PeopleFinders can help you with both of these situations and many more. Regardless of what type of privacy you want to improve, you can use tools like PeopleFinders to do it.

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