How To Protect Your Online Privacy Part 2

In the first part of this series, we went through several important things we need to keep an eye on if we want to stay safe online. In this part, we will explore a bit further. Read on to see how to stay safe online.

Rule number 6 — Use a VPN

The encrypted connection is referred to as a tunnel, and they are difficult for hackers and spammers to infiltrate and obtain data on a person while they are online. Plus, as the data is encrypted, even if they do infiltrate the tunnel, they cannot read what is being sent over the connection anyway.

In addition, one of the benefits of a VPN is that the provider hides the user’s IP address. This means that a VPN stops sites from tracking your actual IP address and therefore your location and browsing habits.

Rule number 7 — Use Private Browsing Modes

A good example is Google Chrome’s Incognito mode. Many people will recognize it from the icon that looks like a hat and glasses. These modes certainly have its limitations, but if you don’t have a VPN it’s better than nothing.

The leading privacy browser is TOR, and among the search engines, DuckDuckGo is the champion. Neither of them allows cookies or pop-ups, plus they use a secure and encrypted method for browsing. This means that neither of them tracks a user’s online activity, which further addresses online privacy.

Rule number 8 — Turn off Your GPS

Social media apps often post user’s location below the posts, exposing it to the public.

The reason that this is bad for your privacy is simple — it lets people know when you are not home. This is a safety risk for so many reasons. Plus, it’s not always the most delightful feeling to know that you can be tracked and traced wherever you go.

Turning off your GPS is a simple way to stop geotagging and any danger of revealing your location.

Rule number 9 — Deactivate the Auto Fill Option

Autofill works by recognizing familiar words and numbers when you complete forms online. Have you ever noticed how when you type in your house number, that an autofill option comes up with your street name too? This can be dangerous for several reasons, but mainly because this information has to be stored somewhere online in order to be used for autofill.

And if it is stored online, it can be hacked and jeopardize your privacy.

IThe feature may save you a few seconds here and there, but ultimately you can survive without it, and it helps keep your identity protected.

Rule number 10 — Update The Cookies

On the other hand, it likewise means that these websites can sell this analysis to a third party. Given that we publish so much about ourselves online these days, it may be good to try to keep some sort of control on where data about us go to.

While not all cookies are bad, it’s good to slightly tweak your settings so that if a cookie is installed on your computer or device automatically, you are at least alerted.

Conclusion

Employing all the above steps will help improve your protection while surfing online so that it is harder to hack into any accounts or connections to view a user’s sensitive data. Adopting good habits while surfing the web is important as it ensures you are safe from most common online troubles.

Hope you enjoyed reading. Let us know if you have any questions, we are here for you!

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