Protecting oneself from surveillance capitalism
Still, I do like to take a few easy steps to push back a little against the free use of my web behavioral data to profit corporations who I don’t do business with (and those I do):
- Use ProtonMail as my primary email
- Use Firefox on my Linux and macOS laptops with individual containers for Google, FaceBook, etc.
- On iOS devices, favor browsing with private tabs.
- Use a VPN when I am traveling and when I need to use public WiFi
- Limit use of my gmail address to a backup email and as a junk email address.
- For online purchases from Amazon, etc. use a secure email service that does not use the contents of your email to market to you and as data to sell to 3rd parties.
- Frequently delete all cookies from web browsers that you use.
- Use private browsing windows for routine use of the web
- Prefer to access the web on an iOS or Chromebook - probably more secure than a laptop or PC.
- Logout from web apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Google, Twitter, etc. to avoid active sessions.
- This takes some time, but on mobile devices, Apple/Windows laptops, etc. turn off tracking on as many apps as possible.