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  • Writer's pictureLee Hancock

Celebrating National Privacy Day

Today is National Privacy Day, and it's becoming more and more important to protect and maintain your privacy across the digital and non-digital world. When we launch our patented SmartPoint's SmartAddress® Privacy Network™ later this year, consumers will see a quantum leap in their ability to protect personal privacy at all levels, with an emphasis on location information, wh ich users often want to share with certain service providers. The SmartAddress Privacy Network™ will enable SmartAddress customers to control who, when, how, why, where, and to what extent others can user their location and related information in real-time. For the first time users will be able to control control of who can use your biometric attributes, phone numbers, social media handles, email addresses or other identifiers to know their location, and the SmartAddress Privacy Network will provide several new and innovative tools and levels of never before available granular privacy protection that will also enable the next and future generations of users and micro-location and related services.

Until SmartAddress® Privacy Network™ is launched (and even after), here are a few privacy tips courtesy of our friends at Union Bank of California:

Protect your personal information.

Everything you do online, or on your mobile devices, or even via the Internet of Things exposes you to criminal actors and unwanted invasions of your privacy. Check out to find out ways you can make small changes that yield bigger protections.

Review the data your apps have access to.

Delete unused apps and review privacy settings and permissions. Go into your device’s settings to review and change permissions you may not even have been aware certain apps had, like access to call logs, microphone and your location.

Tighten up Social Media permissions to avoid leaks.

First, make sure you’ve turned off public sharing. Then, only accept friend requests from people you know and trust. Finally, review each network’s privacy policies and check the settings on your devices.

Control who can track you on the web.

Surfing the web leaves you vulnerable to cyber attacks and identity theft. Start by getting into the habit of clearing your cache and deleting cookies daily, via your browser’s settings. Also don’t automatically accept “cookies.” Most reputable websites will offer you a “manage cookies” option where you can deselect options that invade your privacy.

Update Internet of Things (IoT) passwords.

Many IoT devices, such as smart lights, voice-controlled smart speakers and home hubs, come with default passwords which leave you open to hacking and spying.Learn more

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