Everyday we spend more and more time connected online. We browse social networks, pay our bills, shop on Amazon, and book travel – not to mention the time we spend while at work. With the increased time, reliance, and data being shared, more and more people have begun to wonder about the privacy of the information they provide websites and apps. What exactly happens with that information?
Our app Everdays asks users to provide access to their contacts. One of our most value-adding/ differentiating/ coolest features, broadcasting a memorial notification with a custom message to multiple contacts, is structured around having access to those contacts. The user tells us who is important, and we deliver the message. You’d assume okay, I get when my contacts are used, and what exactly happens. The trend of asking “what happens with my data” doesn’t exclude apps like ours, it more likely increases the likelihood. Since launch, we’ve received a large amount of security focused questions – “who sees my data?”, “is my data sold?”, “what do you do with my contacts when I upload them?” and so on.
We thought it’d be valuable to address these questions and be as transparent as possible in what we do with app user information. I’ll start with Everdays takes tremendous amounts of pride in our partner and user privacy and security. We’ve built many products as a team, and have always placed the utmost importance on security. With that, we knew going into this specific vertical would be especially important – the data itself is extremely unique and confidential. We take every step necessary to make sure information is transferred securely, encoded, and never put in a compromising position – by encrypting data, using SSL, and more.
Besides transferring data securely, we also only use a user’s contact list at their demand – the main reason typically being to send the announcement that they create. We never and will never do anything with user contacts without their permission and request. We don’t solicit them, sell phone numbers, or distribute information to any third parties.
We hope you can rest assured knowing that the information you provide Everdays is safe and secure.
Additionally, if you’re worried about your online privacy and security in general, here are some tips to stay secure:
- Use a strong, unique password for every website and change them often, and never, ever reuse a password on another site or account. I suggest using a password saver like: 1Password or LastPass
- If you don’t know who sent you an email, don’t click on the links or open the attachments.
- Don’t accept location or contact permissions from apps or websites when you are unsure how they are used.
- Put a password or use biometric scanning on your phone
- Turn on a phone location service like FindMyPhone
By: Katie Wallace, Manager, Client Relations