Our online privacy has becoming more and more threatened these days with Governments to Corporates and Scammers tracking and hacking for our valuable personal information. Here are some efficient methods to safeguard your privacy online.
1. Use Different Passwords
Many of us have the bad habit of using the same password for everything. From your banking logins to shopping sites, using the same password is one of the most riskiest things you can do online. It will make you vulnerable once you loose your single password, and the person who knows that single password can access every other service you use online.
It is better to use a different password for different sites and services. Make sure the passwords are a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. You can use a password manager like LastPass which will generate random passwords and will save all your password at one single place. All you have to remember is the master password to the LastPass.
2. Protect Your Sensitive Information
I wish I had a nickel for every time whenever I came across people revealing sensitive information online. Recently I was shocked to see a man posting a picture of his credit card on social media with all the details visible. Never post publicly your date of birth, telephone number and other document info like Passport number, Credit card number or Bank account number online. An experienced hacker could do more than anything you can imagine with simple information such as these.
3. Use Different Emails
Using different emails for work and social media can be very useful so that you won't get easily stalked online through your email. A simple way to do is to add different aliases to your email address, thus, you can manage every email in a single inbox, yet you can have different email ids. In Gmail, you can receive messages sent to 'firstname.lastname@example.org in your email inbox. Also, be careful about linking many of your online accounts as if one of them is hacked then the others linked will be compromised as well.
4. Make Your Browsing Secure
Many services such as Facebook, Gmail etc., offers encrypted connections. Make sure the sites where you have to deal with personal information such as banking websites or email has an encrypted connection or HTTPS enabled. You can view that in the address bad of the browser. Additionally, you can use the plug-in such as 'HTTPS Everwhere' which will encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.
Another essential step is to delete the cookies and trackers planted into your browser by websites or to use Incognito Mode or Private Browsing that will anonymize you on the sites you visit. If you are on a public wifi, make sure to use a VPN service to be safe as many malls and restaurants track the activities of users on their public wifi.
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