Most of us who use a computer on a regular basis have had the unsettling experience of seeing online ads that fit our shopping and browsing habits follow us around the internet. By closely tracking our site visits, online purchases and web searches, search engines providers and advertisers are able to build up a made-to-fit portfolio of what might be appealing, and then inundate us with the propaganda for those findings no matter where we roam online. This might be unsettling for some.
Fortunately, it's easier than you might think to pull the blinds down on these digital peeping toms. Let Mac|Life show you how to turn your browser's privacy options up to eleven.
If you own a smartphone, your private life could be about to get a lot less private, thanks to a company called Mobile Spy, whose software allows for real-time viewing of SMS activity, instant GPS tracking and the ability to view any photos or videos taken on a handset from anywhere in the world. Creepy.
If you're rocking an Apple device, that's been updated recently, you've agreed to allow Apple to collect and share your location data with any third party they choose.