When shopping online, protecting your home address will prevent your information from being compromised and keep it out of databases
Shopping online involves a trust factor. You have to give merchants accurate information (billing address) in order to make the purchase, and a mailing address to have your order delivered. That is a lot of information to leave on someone’s server for eternity.
Virtual phone numbers are a great way to protect your personal information, protect your privacy, use for 2-factor authentication, and more
Email forwarding provides a layer of protection between you, & the mishandling of your information which exposes all your other accounts. It also helps you control spam in your inbox.
Privacy is not just about you, it’s about social, ethical & civil rights violations that happen to us all in the name of data collection & targeted advertising.
It infuriates me that data collectors use my devices & internet services that I pay for, to collect data that I produce, claim ownership of that data, & then sell it for profit. I’m literally providing the infrastructure for someone else to steal from me, sell my stuff, & keep all the money.
Of all the things you do to try & protect your privacy, the biggest threat may be coming from your contact lists.
It’s important to know the difference so that you have the correct expectations when seeking to protect them, & know what questions to ask to ensure you’re actually getting it