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"Through web browsing, posting on social networks, and the downloading of applications, personal information about individuals can be easily collected and stored indefinitely, making protecting our online privacy a growing concern," said Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner. "I encourage everyone to make a commitment to protecting themselves by incorporating these five resolutions into their online habits."

Commissioner Cavoukian recommends these five simple New Year's resolutions:

    I will review my social network privacy settings regularly.
    Always understand what you are sharing online and who can see it. Take the time to carefully review the privacy settings for each social network and application you are using. For example, it has become quite common for many applications to add time and geo-location data to photos, thereby allowing anyone to track your location. Remember - these settings can change at any time without your consent, so the onus is on you, the user, to be aware.

    I will think before I click!
    Once you post online, it is very difficult to erase. Numerous new companies have appeared with the sole intent of "cleaning up" online histories.  This is completely unnecessary if you proactively consider what you are posting online. Consider what a future employer or a scholarship funder might think of a post. Carefully evaluate what an identity thief might be able to do with the information you are sharing.

    I will always consider the five W's of personal information.
    Whether you are purchasing a product online or joining a new social network, minimize the amount of personal information you give out. Always evaluate if the website or application really needs so much information to provide you with a service. When divulging information, think about the following five W's: Who wants it and who will have access to it? Why do they want it? What will it be used for? Where will your information be stored? When will your information be used and when will it be discarded?

    I will make my passwords unique.
    With numerous programs circulating to break passwords, it is important to keep them difficult to decrypt, but also easy to remember. One straight-forward solution is to use the same word in two languages (i.e. home and maison).  To make it even more difficult to break, use the phonetic spelling of one of the words. The addition of numbers, symbols, and capital letters will also help to ensure strong protection (i.e. Home7Mayzon$).

    I will carefully read the fine print.
    It is imperative that you understand the terms and conditions of any application or program before clicking agree. Buried within this information can be permissions for companies to share your personal information and online habits without your knowledge. (We know this is a tough one - we're asking for a lot!)

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I was expecting to read a list of tools or toys that encrypt your on-line activity and keep you safe from the weak link between you and your ISP, so maybe its time we all added something to this list that will protect our privacy on-line, something that our so called representatives seem to have overlooked maliciously or by ignorance, either way it shines them all in a poor light.

Here's my list of useful items:

1 ) Use when searching on-line.

2 ) An alternative distributed search engine can be helpful in ensuring some company cannot be secretly forced to deliver up your search history, give a try.

3 ) Secure your Instant Messaging transactions by making usage of IM privacy tools such as OTR and for the more adventurous

Theres a good deal of further tools to be had mentioned in this fine blog

If we can all start to make usage of privacy enabling tools we can hopefully remedy the current imbalance that we face simply because inept and spineless politicians are either too stupid, weak or lazy to read the entire texts of the bills put before them before following their party lead, they are supposed to guard your freedoms but theres little of that when there are underhand deals to be had, their failures must not be your own, safeguard yourself and urge others to do the same.

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