Here’s a tool our team at Schneider Insurance is testing. It helps to automatically reduce your chances of getting hacked while also and also pesky telemarking calls. It’s called Incogni and it automates getting your data out of databrokers databases.
In our digital era, data is the new gold. Every click, every like, every purchase, every subscription—it’s all recorded somewhere. Companies called data brokers compile this information to create comprehensive profiles about you. These profiles are then often sold to advertisers, marketers, or even other businesses looking for information about consumers.
But what if you could take back control and ensure that your personal data is not so easily accessible? Enter Incogni, a solution designed to help individuals eliminate their data from broker databases. In this article, we will delve into the benefits of using Incogni to protect yourself from potential hacking.
1. Knowledge is Power
Hackers are opportunists, always on the hunt for information to exploit. The more they know about you, the easier it becomes for them to craft targeted attacks, like phishing emails that look as if they’re coming from trusted sources. By using Incogni, you significantly reduce the amount of personal information available to potential cybercriminals. This means there’s less ammunition for them to use against you.
2. Minimizing Digital Footprints
Having a large digital footprint makes it easier for hackers to connect the dots between different pieces of your online life. This could be as innocent as determining the connection between your email and favorite online store or as malicious as discerning the link between your online banking and the answer to your security question. Incogni reduces your digital footprint, making it much harder for hackers to trace your online activities.
3. Reducing Spam and Phishing Attempts
One primary use of data bought from brokers is to send targeted ads, spam emails, or even phishing attempts. The less your data is available in the open market, the fewer unsolicited emails and potential phishing threats you receive. Given that phishing is a leading cause of cyberattacks, any reduction in these attempts significantly boosts your cybersecurity.
4. A More Private Browsing Experience
One of the immediate benefits you’ll notice after using Incogni is a more private browsing experience. Fewer targeted ads mean fewer reminders that shadowy companies know about your latest search or purchase. While the main aim is security, the added benefit of a more private and serene online experience can’t be overstated.
5. Financial Security
Identity theft is a major concern in today’s digital world. If cybercriminals get access to your financial details, the consequences can be devastating. Data brokers can, knowingly or unknowingly, be a source of such crucial information. By eliminating your details from their databases, you’re adding an extra layer of defense against potential financial fraud.
6. Reinforced Trust in Online Activities
With the increasing threats online, many people are becoming wary of their online activities. By using Incogni, you not only protect your data but also reinforce trust in your online transactions. Knowing that your data isn’t floating around in some database helps you feel more secure when shopping online, engaging on social media, or just browsing the web.
7. Peace of Mind
Above all, there’s an immeasurable benefit of peace of mind. Knowing that you’ve taken a proactive step to protect your personal data means one less thing to worry about in our increasingly complex digital world.
The emergence of data brokers has ushered in a new wave of privacy concerns. Each snippet of data, while seemingly insignificant on its own, can paint a comprehensive picture of an individual when compiled. This portrait can become a treasure trove for hackers and cybercriminals.
By using services like Incogni, you’re not just making a statement about the importance of privacy. You’re actively defending yourself against potential cyber threats. It’s an investment in your online safety and peace of mind, and in this digital age, there’s nothing more valuable than that.