How to protect your privacy Online

Apr 07, 2021

Are you worried about how much of your private information is available on the internet to anyone to see ? You are not the only one here. Online privacy is an big issue in the current society.

Also in the article I have some steps you can take to manage and protect your privacy online and also protect financial and personal information while you visit your favorite social media and shopping websites and all.

What is Online Privacy First?

Online privacy, also known as internet privacy. this referee to how much of your personal financial and browsing information when you are browsing internet. Or just using social media.

The problem now is that many people underestimate the important of online privacy they just think its something not to care. But they should be aware of how much information they sharing to online to anyone in the world to see.

Also if you need more deep down information about online privacy you can read the Wikipedia page about internet privacy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_privacy

Why Online privacy is so important to everyone?

we should always value our privacy just like we do in the real life. Like for an example if we want to talk about something so private, we just got for a private place and talk. Just like that we should also think about our online privacy. Also, the other thing to remember is that in the current society we are living there is nothing is free. Even tho you think your favorite social media is free or the Gmail for free. That is not the reason they charge you from different ways. Mostly from your data. Therefore, the online privacy is so important to everyone

The other reason is you don’t want to share your personal information and everything about you to a stranger. This might be an big problem because with all your information even someone can steal your identity (this is called identity theft) This is why you should care about your Online privacy just like you do on real life.

Tips for internet privacy

Limit the personal information about you on social media

Social media play an important part in people's social lives. We use it to connect with friends and family from a distance, send instant messages to our colleagues, and announce big (and small) events in our lives. Many businesses use social networking sites to share or share information - for example, you can discuss a project with your colleagues during a Facebook messaging session or schedule a conference on a LinkedIn forum. Employers and schools are increasingly using social media to reach potential employees and students.

“There were 650,572 cases of identity theft in 2019. Those aged 30 to 39 reported the most cases of identity theft last year. Georgia, Nevada, and California were the top three states for identity theft by population.”

More Information

https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-identity-theft-and-cybercrime

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Reported Cases of identity theft 

So how can you prevent those type of attacks?

Here is  some tips you can follow

Do not add much information in about me sections

Facebook and other social media give you options to add information to about me section, but I personally don’t recommend that treat those sections and optional because when a person trying to steal your identity first thing, he looks in to is your about me section. Also, there’s some fields like DOB, your high school and things also don’t add much information in them there’s lot of other things in about me fields just treat them optional and be really careful while adding information to those fields

Check the privacy settings

Be careful with the privacy settings. Just check what are the settings you have once a week because sometimes companies change their privacy settings and all. also be careful about your Post visibility and things. Always try to keep those things for just your friends and also be careful while accepting a request form unknown person.

Always logout when you are done.

Most of the time after you use your personal accounts just make sure to logout from it because if someone got access or stole your mobile or something, they could have all the access after breaking in to the phone. So just be careful with logging in to accounts

Use strong passwords

Its always good to have a strong password no matter what. If you keep forgetting the password, you can use something like Last pass because those add-ons will help you to remember passwords because if you use a small password hacker might can brute force the password.

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Use Messaging apps with end-to-end encryption

Most modern messaging apps use encryption, but in main case it called encryption in transit- messages are decrypted on provides side and store on its servers. The problem here is what if someone hacks those servers? Just don’t take a risk – chose end-to-end encryption that way even the messaging service provider can’t see your messages.

Try to use browser-based apps

Well, the thing about apps is they can learn about you due to all different types of data they can access via your phone. Even if you use harmless app like flashlight app even those apps can sell data of you

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Turn Off ad Personalization

Whenever possible going into your settings and turning off ad personalization, which often gives companies permission to do invasive tracking.

Also, I would recommend going to myactivity.google.com and deleting everything On the left there’s a button says “Delete activity by “and select all time and delete

Also, you can turn off web and app activity location history and YouTube history this will help you to do things bit more privately

Even tho I wont recommend you using google as your default search engine try to switch for something Like duckduckgo.com

Use a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPNs mask your internet protocol (IP) address so your online actions are virtually untraceable. Most important, VPN services establish secure and encrypted connections to provide greater privacy than even a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.

What does VPN hides ?
  1. Your browsing history
  2. Your IP address (Location)
  3. Your Devices
  4. Your Web-Activity
How to select a VPN
  1. Do they respect your privacy?
  2. Do they run most current protocol?
  3. Do they set data limits?
  4. Where the servers located
  5. Can you use on multiple devices?
  6. Cost

I would recommend you check those things and buy a good VPN if you like to keep your data secured from hackers.

I also recommend using  a  VPN  whenever you are connected to public WIFI  this will helps you to protect from man in the middle attacks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-in-the-middle_attack

Use a good antivirus software

Finally, always install antivirus software on all your devices. This software can keep hackers from remotely taking over your computer, accessing your personal and financial information, and tracking your location.

And once you install this software, don’t forget about it. Manufacturers frequently update their virus protection software as a defense against the latest malware, spyware, and other viruses. Install updates as soon as they become available.

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