Whenever you go online, your every move is being tracked.
And you have no idea what happens to all that information.
More than 60 percent of Americans consider unauthorized
digital tracking very intrusive, according to a survey
from Consumer Reports.
In today's On Your Side.
advice to help you take
control of your personal information.
It can be creepy when you search for a medical condition
online and then a related ad pops up on your screen.
Chief Electronics Editor, Consumer Reports,
It's called digital tracking.
It happens all the time.
And we just think that companies should be able, in
simple language, to tell you what information is being
collected and how it's being used.
Consumer Reports latest issue has page after page
of advice for protecting your privacy.
Here are 4 easy steps you can take to limit digital
First, install an ad blocker, such as Privacy Badger.
It blocks ads that come with tracking software.
Number 2, check your phone settings to see which apps
are tracking your location, and turn off any that
don't need to know.
Number 3, if you visit an unfamiliar website that
demands your email, go to a site like 10minutemail.com,
where you can get a functioning email that
self- destructs after you use it.
And finally, be cautious of Google.
As you use Google it is just collecting a tremendous
amount of information about you, and it does that
no matter where you go online if you use Google search,
Google maps, go to YouTube, using Gmail.
You can see just how much Google tracks if you look
under My account" and then "My activity."
There are alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo
that don't track their users.
If you want to stick with Google search, you can tweak
You can delete the records of what you search and
the YouTube videos you watch.