Innovations That Matter

Top 7 Ways to Take Back Control of Your Data

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Discover our selection of the best innovations to help you protect your data.

According to one study, the average UK consumer has over 118 online accounts. Even this localised statistic demonstrates how complicated our online selves can be. With so much available to us and so many different companies and accounts to manage, personal information online can rapidly get out of our control.

Yet with increasing amounts of work and personal processes moving online, even more so since the coronavirus outbreak has forced many to work remotely, it has never been more important to understand how and where your data is being stored and used. From systems to protect your data to blockchain technology designed to store online information, here are Springwise’s top picks of innovations to manage online data.

1. SMART HARDWARE SYSTEM ENCRYPTS ALL ONLINE HOME DEVICES

Photo source Winston Privacy

Created by an ad-tech industry veteran, Winston is an easy-to-install, smart hardware encryption system that protects users’ online privacy. Once running, the hardware filter protects every connected device in the home.

The system works with all websites, devices and streaming services, including Amazon’s Alexa, webcams, smart TVs and Wi-Fi routers. Winston works by scrambling and encrypting a users internet activity and location with that of 20 to 30 other Winston users. The groups change hourly, making it impossible to track and follow any individual. 

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2. SECURE DATA PLATFORM REPLACES PASSWORDS WITH SMARTPHONES

Photo source Markus Spiske on Unsplash

US-based MobileIron is eliminating passwords to access secure data at work. The zero-trust security platform turns employees’ mobile phones into their key to access servers and cloud data.

Zero-trust is basically what it sounds like: nothing and no one is trusted to access data without verification. MobileIron uses a variety of attributes before granting access to any user or secure device. For instance, it validates the device, app authorisation and the network being used to log on. It also detects and remediates threats before granting secure access to a device or user. That makes it safer than passwords, according to MobileIron.

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3. A ‘PERMISSION ACCESS PLATFORM’ FOR PERSONAL DATA

Photo source Digi.me

Digi.me’s app allows users to collect data from other companies and social networks and bring it all together in one place. Digi.me itself doesn’t view or store any of the downloaded personal data. Instead, the user dictates the storage location, such as on a hard drive or a cloud storage service.

Digi.me allows users to download data from services such as Facebook, Fitbit, Spotify and medical record aggregator site MyChart. Digi.me’s app allows users to extract information from the data, such as finding out if social media use affects purchase history.

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4. ONE APP FOR MANAGING ALL PRIVACY DATA

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Jumbo can change your Facebook privacy settings with one tap and create backups, as well as delete old tweets, Google searches and Alexa voice queries. Another feature will let users access old data that is encrypted and securely stored on their iCloud or Dropbox accounts.

The name Jumbo was chosen by the apps’ designers as a reminder that big tech never forgets anything you have ever posted or searched for. In contrast, Jumbo is an elephant that never remembers. All of Jumbo’s processing takes place on the users’ phone — the app does not communicate with a server. This means that Jumbo doesn’t even know who is using the app.

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5. SOFTWARE REPLACES PASSWORDS WITH CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEYS

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The main source of most data breaches is not malware, but human error. According to information security company ShredIt, 47 per cent of business leaders surveyed said human error by an employee had caused a data breach at their organisation. As many as one-third of these errors involved a compromised password.

Woven was founded to reduce the risk of enterprise security breaches by eliminating the vulnerabilities associated with today’s digital credentials. Woven does this by replacing passwords with cryptographic keys and multiple layers of biometrics and verifiable digital credentials. These credentials are attached to individuals, not companies, so can be taken from one employer to the next.

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6. APP DELIVERS SECURE ID INFORMATION STORAGE

Photo source Civic

US-based venture Civic developed a Secure Identity Platform (or SIP) for storing sensitive contact information online. Users don’t need a password, username or third-party authenticator to access their information, as everything is protected by biometrics – they access and share their data via their own fingerprint.

Whether buying a plane ticket or signing up with a new online service, everything can be done quickly and easily through Civic’s dedicated app, which is available for both iOS and Android.

Read more about Civic’s SIP

7. APP REVEALS HOW AND WHERE A CONSUMER’S DATA IS BEING USED

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Nettoken provides a clear visual display of all a user’s various digital accounts. This makes it simple to identify which companies have access to which parts of user data. Such access to information on personal data allows users to have a better sense of their own digital identity.

Not only can this help protect personal data online, but Nettoken’s services can also help you store passwords securely. In combining increased knowledge of how and where consumer data is available online with increased digital security, this control panel puts the user back in control of their own personal information.

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