When you are using the internet, it is very important to protect your personal privacy. Today in this article, we are going to discuss how to protect your personal privacy and security online.
Tips for internet privacy
Here are the ways to boost your online privacy
Limit sharing your personal information on social media
Don’t overshare on social media. It is a smart way to protect your personal privacy and security online. Providing too much information could make it easier for cybercriminals to obtain identifying information, which would then allow them access – and maybe even steal – personal data that can be used in fraud or identity theft.
As an example, could a hacker from your Facebook account tell you the name of your high school mascot, or what was the maiden name of your mom? You might be surprised to know that some people use these types of questions as security answers for changing their passwords on bank accounts.
Browse in incognito or private mode
You might be wondering how to protect your browsing history, and there’s a simple answer. Web browsers today offer their own version of this form of privacy protection. In Chrome, it’s called Incognito Mode; Firefox calls its setting Private Browsing – so why not take advantage? When you search with these modes turned on, others won’t be able to trace your browsing history from your computer or device (although the sites themselves can still see what pages you’ve visited).
Use a different search engine
If you’re like many web surfers, then Google is the search engine of choice. But think about it: Why limit yourself to one? Private searching engines are perfect for those who don’t want their history and clicks shared with an outside party–and they can also block ad trackers from websites that will make browsing more pleasant.
Use a virtual private network
A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private, encrypted tunnel from your public internet connection. VPNs mask your IP address so it’s virtually impossible to trace where you’re browsing or what information is being accessed—especially when on the go. Using a VPN at any time in order to remain safe is essential; however, using one while traveling should be even more of an imperative given that cybercriminals can use public Wi-Fi hotspots as entry points for data theft due to their lack of security protocols.
You can find free VPN solutions, but it makes more sense to pay for a service from some trusted security provider if you need to get the maximum amount of online protection.
Secure your mobile devices, too
The internet has infiltrated almost every facet of our lives. Our phones and tablets have become extensions of the screens in front of us, with apps to help us stay connected at all times – but it also means that we’re more vulnerable than ever before.
Do you want to make sure that your phone is secure? You can start by locking it with a passcode. It might seem like an inconvenience, but this extra safeguard could protect you if someone steals or loses your device. Make sure not to use any easy-to-guess codes such as birthdates or house numbers when assigning the password for security reasons.
Use quality antivirus software
Finally, do your best to install antivirus software on all of your devices. This type of protection can keep hackers from remotely taking over them and accessing sensitive information like personal data or financial records! Once you have installed the virus protection updates should not be forgotten about: manufacturers frequently update their security products in order to defend against new malware, spyware and other viruses which are released every day.
Dennis has been a professional security consultant space based out of Chapel Hill for over 15 years. His experience runs the gamut between government and private organizations (specifically in the finance and insurance sector) with a specialty in consulting for executive and high-value protection surrounding Kidnap and Ransom mitigation.