Chapter 6

Privacy Control

In This Chapter

arrow Finding out why privacy is important

arrow Discovering the complicated web of shared data

arrow Blocking location tracking

arrow Lessening the intrusion on your privacy

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.”

— Jeff Hammerbacher, early Facebook employee

askwoodycom When you work with “free” services — search engines like Google and Bing; social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn; online storage services like OneDrive and Google Drive; free email services like Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook.com, and Yahoo! Mail; even the “free” versions of Windows 10 — these services may not charge you anything, but they’re hardly free. You pay with your identity. Every time you go to one of those sites, or use one of those products, with a few noteworthy exceptions, you leave a trail that companies are eager to exploit, primarily for advertising.

The exceptions? Google doesn’t scan activity for any paid account, or any educational ...

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