Some handy hints to make your tech work better for you when you shop, search and share online.
Most browsers (programmes and apps like Chrome, Firefox or Safari) and search engines (like Google or Bing) gather personal information about you from the sites you visit and what you click on or type in. They store this information in your browser history and using website cookies.
Companies can use this kind of information about you to vary the prices that they charge - for example if you’ve looked at a product before they may think you’re really interested in it and would be prepared to pay a bit more…and so the price they charge goes up. Going incognito makes it harder for websites to get this information about you and can protect you from price discrimination.Read Less
It’s easy to turn on incognito - though each browser or app has a slightly different way of doing it. This is our favourite place to go for clear step-by-step guides to incognito for each of the main browsers:How do I set my browser to Incognito or Private mode? Read Less
When you use websites, apps and social media you create a trail of information about yourself, what you’re interested in and who you are connected to. Once this information is shared online it can be used to target information or advertising to you and is sometimes also sold onto or used by other companies. Your privacy settings control how companies can use your information and also which friends you share information with on social media.Read Less
Most social media sites like to promote the things they think you'll be most interested in so that you'll spend more time using their services. This means they filter the posts which appear in your social media feed based on what you - and the people you’re connected to - have clicked or commented on in the past. But doing this creates a 'filter bubble' - you see more and more stuff that you and your friends already agree with and don’t get to see information from other points of view or about things you didn’t know about. You’re not getting a clear picture. If you switch off the filter, you will see things in the order they were posted and are more likely to get access to a range of different news and information.Read Less
You can burst your filter bubble by turning on chronological timelines in social media where possible and turning off notifications about news you don’t need to see urgently.How to view Facebook and Twitter in chronological order Read Less
These are just some of the steps you can take to become a better internetter.
Here are some more easy tips:
Doteveryone’s recent People, Power and Technology report explores how the nation thinks and feels about internet technologies. It reveals five digital blindspots - areas in which people have a poor understanding of the fundamentals of how technology operates.
Be a Better Internetter is part of the action we’re taking to help people take more care of their digital lives, to understand how technology works and how it shapes the world around them.