Much of modern life is now spent online and in the cloud. We share our vacations on Facebook, we text and email instead of making a call, and we order things on Amazon instead of going to a store. Whether you do just one or all of these things, you're giving a lot of information about yourself and what you do over to people you've never met.
What happens to that information, and who gets to see it, isn't an easy to question to answer. That's why two groups have organized Data Privacy Day, which takes place today, January 28. And to observe the occasion, I've pulled together a list of CNET How Tos from the past year that focus on keeping your data private, securing your software and online activity, backing up your vital data and preventing just anyone from annoying you on social media. Read on, stay safe and stay private.
Browsers, email and authentication
: Even if you have security software, phishing is a serious threat. Here's how to spot and avoid these dangerous emails.
:Twitter's got it. Apple's got it, too. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon have had it for a while. But why's two-factor authentication important, and will it keep you safe?
: Want to remove your embarrassing searches from Amazon? Check out these steps to delete any of the items you've looked up in the past.
: Here's how to listen to and delete recordings on your Google account, and how to stop them from being saved to begin with.
: This Chrome extension lets you revoke access to emails you sent, but the destruction involved leaves a mark.
: Was your window open when Google took photos for Maps street view? Check out these steps to remove the details and regain your privacy.
: With location reporting, Google can track your whereabouts, which you may find useful, interesting or invasive. Learn where to find the map that shows your location history and how to stop Google from tracking you.
: Take steps to protect your iPhone so that your information stays safe should you and your iPhone become separated.
: Do you know when an app is accessing your Mac's location? Add an arrow indicator to the menu bar to stay informed.
: Learn how to clear a portion of your browsing history in mobile Safari or all of it.
: How Microsoft's new browser will keep you safe.
: Windows 10 attempts to make privacy settings -- for tablets and PCs -- accessible.
: In the back of your mind, you know you need to back up all of your files and pictures. But where do you start? Here's how to back up your digital life.
Facebook and Twitter
: Learn how to add an OpenPGP public key to your Facebook profile and set it so that Facebook will encrypt the notification emails it sends to you.
: Facebook can be a tricky beast when it comes to keeping your account private and secure. Here are seven tips to help you tame it.
: Find and delete comments, likes, photos and messages from your Facebook profile.
: This process helps you shore up your account, eliminating unwanted log-ins and log-in notifications.
: Facebook has rolled out its Security Checkup feature to Android, and here's how to access it.
: Tired of people sharing your personal information on your timeline for everyone to see? Check out these two settings to take back control of your timeline.
: Want to make sure you're the only person connecting to your Twitter account? Here's how to access the new connectivity dashboard on Twitter.
: Twitter has opened the DM flood gates. Here's how you can ensure not just anyone can message you.