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This is incredible. My first instinct was to share. My second: what data did they have to give away to get this?

Sad right? Absolutely, so instead of bleating about stuff you can’t change I’ve scribbled a bit about what you can 1/14
First a plea to worth spare a thought for #DataProtection #InfoSec #Privacy and all other related crews, who work to keep these folk accountable for protecting the data you share to access the necessary, fascinating, or fun stuff you do online. /2
Worrying about this stuff is exhausting and we all compromise privacy for access because the machine is designed to win that way. It is a war of attrition. But you can do small things and change a few habits to keep you and yours safer while we tackle the gnarlier stuff /3
Don’t reuse passwords or use your main Facebook or Google account to log on to other sites or apps.

Every vendor loves it when you log on with Facebook cos they get at loads of your Facebook data to go with whatever you shared to play your game or do the shopping. /4
If the site or app gets hacked, or they just leave their data store open on the internet (too common) the first thing folk will do is try your password on Gmail, EBay, Amazon, Facebook, PayPal. If it works they get See your stuff. Buy things. Scam you. BE you. /5
Use a new password every time.

At least for app/account access that you wouldn’t want to share with your boss, mum, abusive partner, troll, or any criminal who wants an easy payday (e.g. Facebook, EBay, PayPal, Google, Instagram, dating site, period tracker app etc) /6
It’s a job worth making time to do. Get a password safe (e.g. @LastPass or another one techradar.com/uk/best/passwo… ).

Set a nice long and complex master password and write it down somewhere sensibly private until you memorise it. /7
Migrate the important accounts into it and change the password when you do. The safe can generate a nice long random one, remember it for you and let you copy paste into sites and apps...

...except the few who still don’t allow pasting. Totally idiocy and needs to stop. /8
While you’re changing passwords see if they allow 2 factor authentication (2FA).

You’ll get a code to put in after your password. If some nasty scrote has your password, but you have this set up, they can’t get in cos they’d need your code as well /9
Ideally use an authenticator app like this one from @duosec. (itunes.apple.com/us/app/duo-mob… ◀️ IOS link), or one of the others available.

zdnet.com/article/protec…

Or sign up for SMS codes if there’s no Authenticator app option. /10
None of this would impact data collected to use that great wolf visualisation service, except to protect whichever Google account you used to do it (get into the habit of logging out of Google. You don’t need it to browse, no matter what Google nudges you to do) /11
Better still use a more privacy respecting browser and search engine e.g. @brave + @startpage

Maybe delete an app or 2 from your phone and go to things via that browser e.g. Gmail, Insta, PayPal, Facebook or Amazon

Apps scoop huge amounts about location and device use /12
More generally LIE. Don’t use real details to create accounts and do other stuff unless you absolutely have too. Every vendor will nudge you to provide more details, but unless it’s mandatory and you really need that access, app, thing, make it up or skip it. /13
Some or all of this might be a step too far. I get that. Maybe pick one thing to do, then think about others. I’d start with getting most important accounts into a password safe with 2FA

Nothing is infallible and all of this advice is imperfect, but every little bit helps /14
Just realised my sentence structure may have implied listed firms were criminals...ooops.
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