The problem is, everyone from your government, to social media and “Big Tech,” to virtually every other company out there is spying on you.
A lot of the time, this is because they want to sell you things.
At the worst of times, though, this is because they want to control you.
And sometimes, the people spying on you are just other people, like stalkers and online predators.
The fact is, while you may not think about your “digital footprint,” what you don’t know about it can hurt you – and that’s a BIG problem!
Recently I talked to privacy expert Frank Ahearnabout this important issue in our modern age.
Here’s a summary of what he told me.
What You Don’t Know About Your “Digital Footprint” Can Hurt You!
Few people ever really realize just how easily they leave a digital footprint.
People use this term to refer to their whole online presence, but it can also refer to how you create a log of your actual physical location.
People create this log without even realizing it, through their phones and those other electronic monitoring systems that are out there.
They do it voluntarily through social media, too, “checking in” and telling their friends (and thus the entire world) exactly where they are, sometimes complete with longitude and latitude.
Every time you post a picture of where you are in the world (with or without the meta data attached to that photo), you are expanding that footprint… and making it easier for you to be tracked, stalked, and targeted.
Keep these 3 tips in mind when it comes to your footprint:
Don’t Focus Solely On Online And Digital Tracing
The biggest mistake people make when it comes to their footprint is that they focus too much on online and digital tracing.
We hear about cookies and Internet history and the NSA grabbing up phone records, but what we forget is that when we wake up in the morning to turn on the television, the cable company has access to that.
They know when we come and go.
The electric company knows when you use the most electricity.
When you leave the house in the morning, there are cameras on the street.
There are cameras at the tool booths you drive past.
There are cameras when you take a train, when you go through a bus station, when you walk through an airport.
Surveillance is everywhere, which is why you must keep in mind that…
Big Brother Is Always Watching
We have this weird thing going on now: When you go to London, they have street cameras.
These are like a foot long, and they move.
There is this amazingly thorough Big Brother presence in London, with those cameras moving around.
There are microphones on poles.
And in the US, there are cameras behind little black bubbles, discreetly placed on top of street lamps (often with blue lights and gunshot sensors attached).
People make a huge mistake when they ignore this surveillance state.
They’re just blind to it.
The number one rule you have to keep in mind, if you are concerned about your privacy, is that you are ALWAYS being watched, no matter what you do and no matter where you go.
But apart from being tracked in the physical world, you are also being watched online.
Every time you press enter, send, or download, you are creating a digital footprint.
It’s a connection to you no matter how you look at it.
You really need to THINK before you press that button.
Some people have never considered it.
What We Do Today Affects Us Years From Now
We don’t know how the information being collected and stored today will be utilized in the future.
Internet companies are created and go out of business.
They sell what is left over as far as the data.
Look at your privacy as connections.
Think from the perspective of how what you’re doing is connected to you.
Consciously work to reduce your footprint.
When you really think about it, the information you put out online, or that already exists in the digital and physical worlds, is your life, for all intents and purposes.
You need to safeguard your life, and you need to really think about the ways you share it and therefore endanger it by placing it among the networks of networks that connect us all.
Are You Worried About Being Stalked… Or Having Your Privacy Invaded By Big Brother?
Keeping your life private in this day and age of total surveillance isn’t easy.
That’s because it isn’t just your government that’s spying on you.
We’re all under constant threat of identity theft and other forms of electronic fraud, too.
You might be surprised to learn, though, that the biggest threat to your online privacy…
Recently I talked to privacy expert Frank Ahearnabout what you can do to stop endangering your own private data.
Here’s a summary of what he told me.
Freedom Fight: How To Stop Hackers & Government Spies From Targeting You On The Internet!
Do you want more privacy?
Do you want your data to be more protected?
Well, the first thing you’ve got to do is actually stop and THINK about what you post online and what you search for.
Have you ever Googled an idea?
Searched for a hotel?
Posted your private thoughts to Facebook?
Every time you do that, you’re creating connections.
You’re establishing a network of data that CAN be traced back to you.
Here are three questions you need to ask yourself every time you use your computer, your tablet, or your phone… to make sure the hole in your “personal firewall” isn’t one YOU made.
1. What Connections Did You Create Today?
Privacy is based on our connections.
It’s about how we connect to other people.
Anytime someone feels the need to create some privacy and disappear, they need to STOP what they are doing and they need to find a new connection that CANNOT be attached to them.
Think backwards, and think about the things you searched.
Most people and most investigators (and even predators) will look for what a person has left behind.
What was it you last searched on your computer?
What phone calls did you make?
What emails did you send and receive? Did you use the computer for directions to where you are going?
Did you search for the weather at that locale?
Did you do some online shopping that could otherwise lead someone to you?
2. Are You Using Privacy Software?
Most people don’t think to use privacy software.
It’s available and you should start using it.
An IP blocker or anonymizer, a prepaid cellphone… these things are NOT private.
They may be private on YOUR end, but they’re not private on the receiver’s end!
When you walk into a store and buy a prepaid phone, there is a camera watching you.
You are therefore traceable to that service.
You need to think about online and offline privacy in that sense, in terms of the connections your actions make.
The other reason you need privacy software is that the “secure” websites you are using are only as secure as the people running them.
Every day we hear about compromises of personal data, in which third-party locations see breaches that expose your account data.
Just because someone shows you a baseball with Babe Ruth’s signature on it does not mean that baseball is authentic, and just because a website has a fancy seal on it does not mean it’s actually secure.
What Are You Volunteering?
When you use free online services, like Gmail, you are voluntarily giving up a goldmine of personal data.
Your information is scanned and extracted and that information is very valuable.
Just because you delete online information, or shut off your cellphone, or shut off your utilities and cable, doesn’t mean that information goes away.
It is always within the system.
Before you shut things down, start deviating from known information about you on those accounts.
This way, when you leave, they don’t have correct information to use to trace you.
When considering the privacy mistakes you are making, always think in terms of the connections you establish, especially when you volunteer parts of your data and your life.
YOU will always be the greatest threat to your own data security.
Have You Ever Done Anything Online That You Knew Probably Wasn’t Safe? Have You Had Your Identity Or Your Data Stolen?
Yes, we all know the government is spying on us – as well as hackers and other nefarious characters who want your information for their own personal gain.
In the war for control of all your personal data, it’s you versus them and knowing exactly what steps to take to protect your privacy can mean the difference between being a target… or a virtual “ghost”!
In this special broadcast, we speak with skip-tracer, Frank Ahearn, about the secrets you must know to get off the digital grid and become virtually invisible!
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Here’s what you have waiting for you in this week’s broadcast…
How to tell if you’re being “watched” by government spooks and other digital dirtbags!
How to use social media and other engaging community platforms without sticking you in the crosshairs of the men in black suits!
Shopping for gun gear and survival items… without raising the suspicion of the government’s watchful eye!
“Covert Communication”! How to stay in touch with other like-minded freedom fighters without building a case for snatching you off the street!
Spy technology and “burner” techniques for keeping your personal information (and even location!) a complete secret!
See how spies, criminals on-the-run, and undercover agents go (and stay!) underground when they need to be invisible just to survive!
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