My Digital Security

Before taking this Digital Media Literacy course I’ll be honest I have not thought about the security of my personal information online. I mean I absolutely use passwords and two factor authentication but putting measures in place to protect my sensitive information was not on my mind. It is good to know that there are currently ad blockers, encryption, privacy settings, and other ways to help protect online users. If the user is actively updating their software and reads through the terms of service for third party sharing, the risk of security breaches is lowered.

The reason that I have not installed ad blockers on my system is because I do not want it to interfere with my ASU Online courses and the affiliated websites and software. Given this is the last week of class, I am just not willing to risk the ad blocker interfering with my online college software. Ad Blocker is something I will test out to prevent the advertisements that bog down the loading speeds and redirect. Another thing that I am interested in looking more into is DuckDuckGo. This browser extension allows for private browsing and had tracking blockers and encryption built in. I love the idea of being able to search more privately and securely, but ultimately every website has their own Terms of Service and has the potential to misuse or mishandle user personal data.

One of the biggest things that I do to protect myself and my personal information is I do not overshare online. Sometimes online users will post information that gives away locating details that can be dangerous in some cases. For example, live videos show your live location, and this can give a burglar an opportunity to break in to your home if that location is not home. Location sharing is something I refrain from, and I rarely go live unless I want to bring people around me. I just understand that when I go live that it is public information what I do, what I say, what is in the background, etc. These are examples of locating details that people accessing online activity can use to locate the user, but since it’s online the intent is not clear or known to the user.

A person’s image is important to their social interaction and sometimes over the course of the internet old websites and webpages accumulate over the years. I would like to do my part and work on removing outdated webpages and personal data of mine that is available currently online. I understand that I can take the time and submit these requests of removal myself or I can pay to have a company do it for me. Most likely I will do it myself and possibly contact an outside company like Norton to help with the process.

In conclusion, I plan on taking quite a few security measures of my personal information online. I plan on testing out DuckDuckGo and Ad Blocker after I conclude my current courses. This is so I can be certain that the software will not interfere with my online college experience. I will read websites Terms of Service, especially if I plan to share personal information on the website. Finally, I will not disclose locating details and will work to remove old webpages affiliated with myself.

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