What can you do to ensure no one invades your online privacy when you are using the internet? Here are some effective tips you can use:
1. Turn on private browsing
There are numerous websites on the internet that use technologies like cookies for identifying the IP address of a specific computer in order to collect information about their online activities. They claim to use this data for providing personalized and optimized services and to better understand the preferences and behaviors of visitors. However, this is not all they do. Some websites also sell these ‘digital profiles’ to interested parties without our consent and for the purpose of marketing research. Therefore, in order to prevent this from happening, most browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer now offer ‘private browsing’ settings that keep your activities private. They prevent websites from storing cookies and other details.
2. Don’t forget to log out
Facebook may be your favorite social media network, but you might be alarmed to know that it can actually keep track of your online activity if you stay logged on to your Facebook account. This means that if a Facebook tab is left opened in your browser while you are opening other websites that have the ‘like’ button, the social network will be able to collate and track data about your activities. The worst part is that they don’t use the traditional cookie tracking system that only shows your identity as an IP address; they base it on your Facebook ID. Hence, it is crucial for you to log out to ensure you are not robbed of your privacy.
3. Stay updated on privacy policies
4. Avoid open Wi-Fi Hotspots
You might be overjoyed when you go somewhere and there is public Wi-Fi, but this can actually do more harm than good. These connections have absolutely no encryption, which means anyone who is near your location will be able to capture the data you are transmitting online such as bank accounts, passwords and your emails. This can be a huge problem if you tend to use the same passwords for most of your online accounts because this means the hacker can access everything without any problem. The best way to prevent this from happening is to not use such public and open Wi-Fi hotspots.
5. Use stronger passwords
To you, it may seem like the most convenient option, but keeping the same password for most of your online accounts is a major risk. If one account is compromised, all others will be put at risk as well and this is something you want to avoid at all costs. Remembering passwords may be tough, but it is still safer to set individual passwords for different accounts. Furthermore, you should also ensure that your passwords are strong and cannot be easily guessed. For instance, using your mother’s maiden name or your pet’s name as the password is definitely not a good idea.
6. Don’t share personal information
Any website that asks you to provide your personal information such as your banking information or similar sensitive data should be avoided. Never make the mistake of giving up the information for something they are offering because it is probably going to be a scam.
Follow these tips and safeguard your online privacy effectively.