How private is your data

Tips on data protection

Use other search engines, not Google!

Google saves every one of your searches. Over time, a unique profile is created and you will be shown the results that have already interested you. A real knowledge bubble is created.

But there are also search engines that do not save your data. For example startpage.com, ixquick.com or duckduckgo.com.

Do not save important data in clouds!

Do not save your files and digital documents in so-called clouds. The content often ends up far away, for example on servers in the USA. With some services it is not even transparent in which country the content is stored - data security looks different. Use hard drives and secure sensitive content at home or in the office.

Encrypt your emails!

To keep private messages private, you can encrypt your emails. You can find instructions, for example, at http://www.verb├╝bers-icher-online.de/artikel/e-mail-verschluesselung.

Or you can visit a so-called crypto party: Here, advanced users show how encryption and secure surfing work. You can find dates, for example, at http://www.cryptoparty.in/parties/upcoming.

Turn off the cookies!

Deactivate cookies in your browser if you want to prevent that you leave an individual data trail on the network. At the very least, cookies "from third parties or advertisers" should be rejected.

Avoid the big data octopuses!

Prefer small, decentralized services to well-known data octopuses and large companies. If you chat via Jabber instead of WhatsApp, create a mailbox with the German Posteo service instead of Googlemail. Network with friends and acquaintances on Diaspora instead of Facebook.

Question free offers!

In general, if an Internet service is free, you are not the customer, but the goods. And pays with his data with every click. So it can be worth switching to paid services. For a few euros you get privacy.