In an increasingly connected world, more and more pieces of information about you will be finding their way across the globe. Not just across the UK, but throughout our planet. When you use a sat nav device, you’re also connecting with the satellites in orbit.

How safe is your data?

To some extent, you decide what information to send out into the world. Whilst companies are constantly collecting data about your habits and behaviours, you can choose to add to this (or to avoid adding to it) by being in control of what you say and do.

Once you’ve put information out there, you have only limited control over where it goes and what happens to it. Friends can spread details of your Facebook updates even if they’ve set them to ‘private’, simply through chatting with others that they know. Don’t assume that you’ll be protected by your online privacy settings – if it’s something that you don’t want the world to know, you should keep it to yourself.

If you post that you’re going on holiday, can you be sure that this information won’t be seen by a criminal that will then know that your house is empty? Social satellite navigation apps are a lot of fun, but can result in complete strangers knowing when you’re out and about in your car (and the direction in which you’re travelling).

Where is your information going?

Recent investigations found that data concerning payday loan applicants was being sold to call centres in India. These applicants are considered vulnerable and desperate, and are a prime target for overseas scams. This might be illegal, but it happens and is something to be concerned about, with your financial information potentially winging its way across the globe.

Nothing that you post online, or do whilst connected to the internet, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have concerns about any online (or offline) transaction, then hiring a Preston private investigator could help you to check out who you’re sending your information to. Call EJM Investigations on 01772 334 700 for further details today.

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