The Internet is a normal part of everyday life. So normal that it is easy to forget at one time privacy was also normal. Unless you have made an effort to distance yourself from the online world, your information will likely be found on popular social networking sites. Think you’re under the radar because you do not have an account? You may also show up on a general search using your name, online phonebook databases, and users may even be able to see a panoramic view of your home from the comfort of theirs.
As if that is not scary enough, there are many other ways people can collect information about you. Your mobile device and computer hold an entire electronic library of your history – everything from what your interests are to your finances. This is why it is important to be security savvy while online.
Here are five easy online privacy tips:
1) Go Incognito.
Try utilizing “private browsing” to prevent logging your information. This means whatever private information you may have typed into a website cannot be retrieved at a later time.
Private browsing isn’t 100% preventative when it comes to stopping online predators; however, using it while doing your online banking, or even typing in credit card information, adds an extra layer of security.
2) Be Smart: Lock Your Phone
This one is simple. Sometimes our smart phones fall into the wrong hands. Make it harder for others to access your information by putting a passcode on your phone.
3) Log Out
Get into the habit of logging out of all your social networks when you’re finished with them.
Scenario: Your laptop or mobile device (without a passcode) has been stolen. The perpetrator uses the same browser you last accessed. Because you did not log out of your Facebook, Twitter, or even worse – Gmail, the perpetrator has free reign to snoop and potentially steal information that could be used to access your finances and more.
4) And While We’re At It…
Be sure to check your social network security settings at least once a month. Unfortunately, many social media sites change their privacy rules regularly, without you even knowing.
5) Complexity Isn’t Bad
Use complex passwords – not “password” with numbers like “1234”.
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