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6 Personal Details Every Website And App You Use Knows About You

24 Dec

Websites normally track a whole lot of
user data. This is normally done so the
site can serve users better and also to
help the webmaster/developer improve
the website or the mobile application
These days we live so much of our lives
online and personal information is
becoming very vulnerable.
You may know the best ways to stay
safe online by avoiding funny looking
sites, using a strong anti-virus – but are
you aware of just how much information
any website or app can collect about
you just from you navigating through
them?
I’ll outline 6 ways your information is
being exposed through your normal,
everyday browsing.
Your Current Location
Google’s Geolocation API is usually used
by websites to get a very good idea of
where you are. Although most times it’s
not always too accurate but it could
show your current city or sometimes it
can be very accurate by showing your
street address. More accurate location
data can be gotten from you usually
when you are connected to a public WiFi
network.
You’re better off browsing on a mobile
network because the error rate on
mobile devices can be up to 50
kilometers from your exact location.
Websites and Apps can also detect your
phone orientation through the
accelerometer. This can let the sites
and apps determine whether you’re
holding your device or using it on a flat
surface
Information On Your Device
Hardware
Every single detail. From the processor
your phone is running, the exact make
and model of your GPU,your screen
resolution, the phone you’re using.
Everything.
Some Websites even know what
percent your battery is at and whether
or not you are currently charging.
Information On Your Device Software
Quite a number people know that when
they visit any site, their browser allows
the site know what operating system
and browser they’re using. This actually
helps content producers get a better
feel for their audience and cater to
them more specifically.
However, some websites can also see
what plugins you have installed and
whether you’re currently logged into
accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and
Google.
Don’t worry, nobody snoops on your
passwords. Unless of course you hit a
suspicious link. I’ll highlight how to
prevent being hacked online in an
upcoming post.
The Network You’re Using
Websites/Apps have access to your local
and public IP addresses and can identify
which computer or mobile phone you’re
using on any network.
Sites also know the service provider
you’re using and the kind of internet
service you’re using since they can also
calculate your download speed.
Places You’ve Been To
Additionally websites also know your
browsing history. They know the site
you visited before to arriving on theirs.
If you usually use some very bad
websites, then this might be of some
concern to you.
Identify Exactly Who You Are
This last one is mostly limited to less
reputable websites run by hackers.
Clickjacking is a technique some
websites use to manipulate your actions
so you end up doing things that you
may not have intended. You may click a
link that looks legitimate but if you’re
also logged into Facebook, that link can
make you like a Facebook page
unintentionally without your consent.
This information can be used to find out
your exact identity. Anything you’ve
supplied Facebook: your name, your
pictures, your occupation, your family
members, your interests… everything is
potentially at a malicious website’s
fingertips.

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