10 things you can do to protect your privacy

1.   Know what incognito mode is, and what secure browser options are:

incognito mode: doesn’t save browsing history, cookies, site data, form entries from your browsing session — BUT websites can still track you, as well as your network provider and internet service provider (ISP)

review privacy options and features for browses, and consider VPNs or browsers that hide your activity from ISPs

2.   Review what facebook knows about you and choose whether to delete it

3.   Review what google knows about you and choose whether to delete it

4.   Review your app metadata settings and turn off unnecessary data collection (ex: Pinterest requiring access to your location)

5.   Use an encrypted messaging app

6.   Avoid logging into recreational surveys, games and activities with your facebook account, or else read the agreement closely before doing so. You’re often agreeing to allow them to scrape your facebook data in exchange for playing the “free” game.

7.   Protect yourself when using free WiFi networks, or bring a mobile hotspot

8.   Use the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension to connect to the secure https version of websites (information between you and the site will be encrypted)

9.   Create strong, unique passwords and use a password manager

10.   Try a search engine that doesn’t track your search history (more listed)

Privacy – A balancing act


January 29th, 2018 over 30 people from five academic libraries gathered together to discuss how to protect privacy while improving the user experience within library digital spaces. To prepare for the discussion, two articles were provided “ Privacy and User Experience in 21st Century Library Discovery” by Shayna Pekala and a blog article entitled “Does the best library web design eliminate choice?” by Michael Schofield. There were two overarching themes developed within these two sources; namely,  privacy and intellectual freedom (Pekala) and personalization vs. privacy (Schofield).

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