What Is Privacy? https://what-is-privacy.com Internet & Social Media Problems & Solutions Wed, 10 Jan 2018 17:02:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://what-is-privacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-logo-icon-transparent-32x32.png What Is Privacy? https://what-is-privacy.com 32 32 5 Steps to Opt Out of AdvancedBackgroundChecks https://what-is-privacy.com/2018/01/5-steps-opt-advancedbackgroundcheck/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2018/01/5-steps-opt-advancedbackgroundcheck/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:42:42 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10867 You may be surprised by the large amount of detailed information you can find about yourself (and others) on a broker directory site called AdvancedBackgroundChecks. In an instant you can view present and past contact information including telephone numbers, email addresses, home and work addresses, age, family member names, aliases, and more. And, access to […]

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Avoid Cyber Monday & Holiday Shopping Scams https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/11/avoid-cyber-monday-online-scams/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/11/avoid-cyber-monday-online-scams/#comments Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:17:50 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10765 Cyber Monday offers the promise of lucrative deals from the comfort of our own homes or any place of our choosing. But as we try to save time and money, online shopping also poses risks as criminals take advantage of us overzealous online shoppers. For me, Cyber Monday isn’t as compelling as usual because I […]

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Opt out of whitepages.plus by Pipl https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/11/opt-whitepages-plus-pipl/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/11/opt-whitepages-plus-pipl/#respond Wed, 08 Nov 2017 01:29:41 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10661 Whitepages Plus by Pipl (formerly known as 10Digits) is a directory that provides names, addresses and phone numbers.  This site is connected to a people search engine called Pipl that gathers and provides an abundance of personal information that it picks up from other broker directories. You can opt out of Whitepages Plus but you […]

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Why You Need a VPN (Virtual Private Network) https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/10/need-vpn-virtual-private-network/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/10/need-vpn-virtual-private-network/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 22:53:24 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10521 Data privacy is a huge concern in today’s digital world. For the average Internet user, it may seem like a necessary evil to share your browsing data with sites like Google and Facebook, but in reality, it is not! Unless you enjoy a complete lack of privacy, why not prevent others from knowing what you […]

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Opt Out of Whitepages & Premium Whitepages https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/09/remove-whitepages-premium-whitepages/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/09/remove-whitepages-premium-whitepages/#comments Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:34:26 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10170 This tutorial will guide you through removal of your information from Whitepages and from Whitepages Premium. This is important because opting out of (free) Whitepages does not simultaneously remove you from Whitepages Premium, a service that provides vast amounts of personal data for a minimal fee. Please know that Whitepages constantly makes changes to its […]

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Act as if you’re an Equifax breach victim https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/09/protect-youre-victim-vast-equifax-breach/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/09/protect-youre-victim-vast-equifax-breach/#comments Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:13:40 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10173 The harmful Equifax breach has been reported to involve over 143 million Americans and that number is bound to grow. Equifax is overwhelmed and inundated by inquiries right now and seeking confirmation of status is leaving many frustrated and still uncertain. Rather than focusing on if  you’re one of those millions of victims, act as […]

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Avoid scammers when making donations https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/08/avoid-scammers-when-donating-to-hurricane-relief/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/08/avoid-scammers-when-donating-to-hurricane-relief/#comments Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:30:04 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=10117 Disasters have a way of bringing out both the best and the worst in people and Hurricane Harvey is no exception. While decent people are rescuing people and animals, driving to Texas with their boats, sending all sorts of needed supplies and making donations, scammers are out in full force taking as much advantage of […]

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How to Protect yourself from WannaCry Ransomware https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/05/how-to-protect-yourself-from-wannacry-ransomware/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/05/how-to-protect-yourself-from-wannacry-ransomware/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 20:29:24 +0000 http://priv.wp-expert.net/?p=9647 WannaCry or WannaCrypt ransomware has infected over 10,000 organizations and 200,000 individuals in over 150 countries since it was first identified on Friday, May 12th, 2017. A temporary fix was accidentally discovered along the way, but a variant of the initial virus started to spread shortly thereafter. While some have escaped unscathed, others have not been […]

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How to use online health related information wisely https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/04/how-to-use-online-health-related-information-wisely/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/04/how-to-use-online-health-related-information-wisely/#comments Thu, 06 Apr 2017 18:48:48 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=9014 Online medical or health-related information is beneficial when correctly interpreted and carefully used with common sense, but on the flip side, misinformation, misinterpretation or misuse can lead to serious physical and/or emotional harm. The growing problem associated with excessive online patient research has even led to a new medical condition called Cyberchondria, the unfounded escalation of concerns about […]

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How to identify fake news online https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/03/how-to-identify-fake-news-online/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/03/how-to-identify-fake-news-online/#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 23:52:20 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8935 A shortcoming of the Internet is the abundance of misinformation that coexists alongside helpful and accurate information. What makes matters worse is that in a matter of seconds, misinformation can spread exponentially through social media. Other issues include the reporting of faulty or inaccurate data and the emotional and physical harm that sometimes results from the application of inaccurate […]

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Beware of sneaky and effective gmail attack https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/01/beware-of-sneaky-and-serious-gmail-attack/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2017/01/beware-of-sneaky-and-serious-gmail-attack/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:42:24 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8916 A new successful gmail phishing attack has come to my attention and it’s so subtle and successful that both inexperienced and experienced technical users are becoming victims. The warning signs of this attack are not easily apparent and therefore the main strategy we can use to protect ourselves against this attack is to pay close attention every […]

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How I saved my Mac from Ransomware https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/11/how-i-saved-my-mac-from-ransomware/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/11/how-i-saved-my-mac-from-ransomware/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:54:03 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8853 A virus in the apparent form of ransomware found its way onto my computer last week and I’m not going to lie but for a few moments, I experienced sheer panic! Luckily, I had some tactics for dealing with the situation so I came out of it unscathed. But this hit too close to home and since some friends and […]

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How to achieve online privacy https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/10/how-to-achieve-online-privacy/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/10/how-to-achieve-online-privacy/#respond Sat, 01 Oct 2016 18:25:33 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8772 Privacy has become a valuable and elusive commodity. On the one hand, our private information is released online whether we like it or not but on the other hand, many of us are to blame as we willingly give up our privacy in exchange for convenience when we use a navigation app such as Waze or in […]

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Remove your personal data from Nuwber https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/09/how-to-remove-your-personal-data-from-nuwber/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/09/how-to-remove-your-personal-data-from-nuwber/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 01:34:32 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8715 Nuwber is a relatively new people search engine that combines public information with White Pages data and social network information and it’s ranking high in search results when trying to locate personal information for an individual. To remove your information from Nuwber, follow these quick and easy steps: Locate your information by typing your name in the search bar […]

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What’s the fuss about Pokémon Go? https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/07/whats-the-fuss-about-pokemon-go/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/07/whats-the-fuss-about-pokemon-go/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:35:06 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8654 Thursday night I laughed as I watched my grown son crawl on the floor and roam through my house with his eyes glued to his iPhone. He was in search of Pokémon but apparently they weren’t hanging out at our house so he headed to Pink Berry Frozen Yogurt where he had more success. Physical […]

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Preserve and repair your online reputation and presence https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/06/how-to-preserve-and-repair-your-online-reputation/ https://what-is-privacy.com/2016/06/how-to-preserve-and-repair-your-online-reputation/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 03:36:14 +0000 https://what-is-privacy.com/?p=8537 Whether you use social media and the Internet or not, you and your reputation can be damaged online. As such, even if you’ve intentionally avoided social media and the Internet for one reason or another, you should know if your own information or images appear in a way that could be harmful to you. The key […]

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