Protect your online privacy
Everybody knows that we should care about our privacy. How to care about it is not quite as clear for everyone. This site is for people who want to dig in. You’ll find the privacy settings for popular social networks and other services, consolidated and explained.
Typical instructions for configuring privacy settings are too long and complex for most folks. They’re about as digestible as a 10-page, fine-print user agreement. So, to make your privacy setup easier, we chose the most important settings for the most frequently used services, and we provided descriptions of what they actually do in understandable language.
Remember that more privacy and security does not mean more convenience. As a rule, it’s quite the opposite, and you have to balance ease with security. Therefore, we divided the configuration instructions into three levels of concern.
- The first set (Relaxed) is for those who are not very concerned about their privacy. This option provides minimal privacy settings.
- The second set (Medium) is a golden mean. With this option, you will not experience that much more inconvenience when using services, but it will still allow you to avoid most of the possible pitfalls.
- The third set (Control freak) is for those who wish to control everything down to the smallest details and are willing to sacrifice convenience for security. The configuration explanations are the most detailed, and the settings are the most rigorous. But you can choose what matters most to you.
Often, enabling a feature has certain consequences. For example, if you prevent advertisers from tracking you, you may also be disabling a product feature that you find convenient. We’ve highlighted these types of situations.
Why should you configure anything at all?
The Internet is very convenient and useful, but using it has made our personal data more vulnerable. Many companies, large and small, either discreetly or openly collect information about us to use or sell. The easiest way for them to use this data is to show us an ad that we are likely to click on.
No one worried about this during the early stages of the Internet’s development. But today, taking steps to protect your personal data is gradually becoming the same type of social norm as brushing your teeth. However, if you forgot to brush your teeth yesterday, you can still brush them today. If your personal data was leaked yesterday, there is nothing you can do about it today. You can find more detailed information and practical examples here.
Why do I need this website if Facebook, Google, and others provide their own instructions for configuring privacy settings?
First of all, not all services provide such instructions.
Second, those official instructions do not always clearly state what you will gain and what you will lose by enabling a particular option. We do.
Third, we have gathered all of the descriptions of privacy and confidentiality settings in a single place so that you don't have to spend time digging for them on the Internet.