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Protecting Your Online Privacy

After the Facebook data breach, many people are wondering how to protect their online information. We asked some local tech experts what you need to know to keep your personal information safe.

Posted: Mar. 29, 2018 11:56 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Technicians at UpperCASE Computer Solutions are used to questions about online privacy and scams that are after your personal information. 

Social media giant, Facebook, has been making headlines after a recent data breach that took the information of more than 50 million users. Facebook announced it will be changing its privacy settings in the coming weeks to make user access to those settings easier. But workers with UpperCASE say people aren't aware of how social media platforms, websites and even apps track your personal information.  

"A lot of those apps that you use, they embed cookies into your computer that will track information, even when you close the apps," said UpperCASE manager Chris Gaultney. "People sign into games and other programs using Facebook logins. Highly don't recommend that. I mean a lot of those things have the fine print in there that allow it to share it with other people that use it, or you have friends that can see anything that you make public to them [like] locations, date of birth, names... everything really."

Gaultney says there are a number of ways you protect your information by going into your Facebook privacy settings and clicking the "Apps" icon. From they say you can see which apps are using your information and what it knows. You can also protect your privacy online by installing an ad-block or filter that prevents traffic analysis - technology that tracks what you see online. 

But Gaultney says there is one sure way to protect your information on social media websites like Facebook: Don't post it!

“You have to consider that everything on the internet is pretty much on public record," said Gaultney. "Anything you don’t want on the internet, just don’t put it on there.”

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