"You should stop using your smartphone if you want any semblance of privacy in today's digital world," said computer forensic specialist Ronald Kaplan. However, if you insist on keeping yourself electronically tied, there are some things you can do to keep your security and privacy.
Today's digital world has gone farther from the quest of personal security and privacy. Smartphones track your location, what people say, who things are said to, likes, dislikes and when they play games. Computers also track this information every single day - information from which insurance companies, employers and markets rely from, making them valuable information. This information may seem to be just buried in your device, but when the need comes, some trained specialists can surely locate them.
When information comes in handy
The information lawyers just previously dream about before can now come in handy. Legal practitioners used to simply gobble the credibility of their enemy under testimony - the emails between you and one whom you testified you do not know, the proof that you could not be in two places at one time, bank transactions or asset transfers you denied, and the list goes on.
Try getting arrested and sued, you will find out that these information can be retrieved easily; and this is not about NSA snooping. These electronic discovery standards are already well established in civil procedures.
If you are bothered by these and want to protect yourself from this kind of invasion, simply stop using your smartphone and computer which you have been using practically all the time. If you do, you will deprive yourself of the convenience of online banking and travel bookings; or may miss indulging high quality photography and getting entertained with celebrity news as well as knowing more beauty tips. Then you know your activities shall remain more private. While others do not mind the drawbacks and go on pursuing every app which meet their fancy, the choice is yours.
However, If you want to balance between using technology and keeping your activities private, think of the following suggestions:
1. Quit posting everything on social media
Posting to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, foursquare and others are fun, but can pose a risk to your privacy. If you really want to, use the proper privacy settings. That way, you can limit the people who can access to your information and demonstrate your privacy to a court if it orders you to produce information. Do not use your real identity if you need to.
2. Separate personal life from your profession
It might demand more work but just separate your personal life from your professional life. This one is not so convenient as using a single device for dual purposes is much easier. However, if you want to shield personal and irrelevant data from business interrogations, you might as well just do it. It is far better than being questioned about the racist or sexist joke you sent to your close friend last quarter.
3. Think if you care if someone will know
Before putting information in your device, continue asking yourself if you care if someone else will know? The information maybe your current location, your pictures, your searches, movies you watch, jokes you tell and any information you produce.
4. Keep some confidential information on your devices
While keeping confidential information on your device will not save it from prying eyes, it will require the implementation of more costly procedures in the process of examining your device that protects the integrity of your information.
5. Do not hide or delete information
Do not fool the experts by trying to hide or delete information. The court has tools to punish those who will get caught. Since you likely have little idea of the how the applications work in your device, you cannot just discreetly delete data from the device.
6. Control the location and number of backups
Backups and their location can usually be discovered through the examination of a device. When a competent examiner does, you will be coerced to produce them.
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