As an author I find occasional use of Facebook and Twitter to be useful
for “broadcasting” notifications of my new books, open source projects,
etc. I also find gmail to be useful for some types of email.
Still, I do like to take a few easy steps to push back a little against
the free use of my web behavioral data to profit corporations who I
don’t do business with (and those I do):
- Use ProtonMail as my primary email
- Use Firefox on my Linux and macOS laptops with individual containers
for Google, FaceBook, etc.
- On iOS devices, favor browsing with private tabs.
- Use a VPN when I am traveling and when I need to use public WiFi
- Limit use of my gmail address to a backup email and as a junk email
- For online purchases from Amazon, etc. use a secure email service
that does not use the contents of your email to market to you and as
data to sell to 3rd parties.
- Frequently delete all cookies from web browsers that you use.
- Use private browsing windows for routine use of the web
- Prefer to access the web on an iOS or Chromebook - probably more
secure than a laptop or PC.
- Logout from web apps like Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Google,
Twitter, etc. to avoid active sessions.
- This takes some time, but on mobile devices, Apple/Windows laptops,
etc. turn off tracking on as many apps as possible.