Why Online Privacy Matters?
Would you share your sensitive bank account details with public?
I guess, Not.
Actually, No one would.
But what if, everything you do online gets exposed to the public or to be precise ‘Hackers‘.
No one can afford this kind of vulnerability.
Advertisers, ISPs, Hackers, and Government Agencies are known for tracking people’s online activities.
It has become easier than ever for them to collect our personal details and know our movement.
Our every step is on their radar.
Many ISPs are known for collecting information about user’s online activity and then selling them to some other advertising agency or Government agency.
[su_note note_color=”#a3bbee” text_color=”#060606″ radius=”2″]In short, you have totally exposed yourself to the devil, if you didn’t take necessary steps to secure your privacy online.[/su_note]
It’s the right time for you to get invisible on their radar.
10 Steps to Protect Your Online Privacy:
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]1. Create Strong Passwords for Your Online Accounts [/su_heading]
The first step to staying safe from Hacking attempts is to use strong passwords that are harder to break.
Use separate password for different account. This way if one of your accounts gets hacked, it won’t affect other sensitive accounts.
If you use one password for all of your accounts then it can begin a chain reaction of hacking.
With proper steps, you can make them super-secure.
Activate Two-factor Authentication for accessing them. It is a two step verification process in which, you would be asked for the code sent to your phone, every time you try to access your account.
It adds an extra layer of security.
If you have a lot of online accounts then it can be hard to remember so many passwords. You would find this Password Management App ‘LastPass’, which is a trusted password manager used by millions of users.
It generates unique passwords for you and helps you manage them.
Now, you have to remember only one password, that is of LastPass.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]2. Ensure Your Operating System and Other Applications are Up to Date.[/su_heading]
You must have heard about Wannacry Ransomware, which recently shook this world with massive cyber-attack.
It infected more than 240,000 Computers in over 150 countries, which were running on the Windows OS.
The point is, mostly those computers were affected by this cyber attack, which was running on older version of Windows and many of them were have OS which was not up to date.
When an Operating System or any application releases its updated version, that simply means you should install that because older version has loopholes and are a soft target for hackers.
We recommend you should set your apps to automatically update.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]3. Avoid using Public and Free Wi-Fi. [/su_heading]
Hackers use these networks to collect those data packets your computer sends and receives. It gives them data about your details and that can be enough for them to steal your username and passwords.
You can tweak some settings to stay a bit safer while using Public Wi-Fi, like turning ‘Sharing Off on Public Network’ and turning on your Computer’s Firewall.
But still, you aren’t on the safer side, as making these changes in your computer cannot ensure full-proof security.
[su_box title=”Use VPN” box_color=”#4b72e0″]If you use Public Wi-Fi on a daily basis and want to Protect yourself, then investing on a good Virtual Private Network (VPN) would be a clever decision.
VPN allows you to use the internet securely and anonymously.
It hides your actual IP address and other details, and shows various random IP address in place of your actual IP address.
Using a trusted VPN is the best possible way you can ensure Online Privacy.[/su_box]
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]4. Never Click Any Link Without Inspecting its Path. [/su_heading]
Everyone gets a lot of emails from unknown marketers, Companies and various agencies, who lure you to click on their link.
It can also be from a big brand or institution.
But make no mistake, these are just a way how hackers pull you into a phishing scam.
[su_box title=”What is phishing scam?” box_color=”#4b72e0″]
Suppose, you got an email from Facebook support team telling you that someone tried to break into your account and to secure your account, immediately go through this link and change your password. It would take you to a site which looks similar to Facebook. Once you enter your password, your account is gone.
It is called Phishing. [/su_box]
So, before clicking on any link, check its path. You can use Redirect Detective to detect the complete path of that link.
if you got some mail from your Bank, never click on that link, instead type your bank’s URL into your browser and then log in through their homepage.
You can apply this trick for other accounts also to ensure maximum security.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]5. Always Use Virtual Keyboard to Type Sensitive Information. [/su_heading]
Scammers have invented a way, through which they install a program into your computer which is used to record every keystroke made by you.
This program known as a keylogger is designed to track your keystrokes, in order to gain access to your username and passwords.
How to protect yourself from keylogging?
- Activate two-factor verification in all your accounts or One-time password, if available.
- Using Anti-virus software that is designed to detect keylogger.
- Using a Virtual keyboard.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]6. Never Put Sensitive Information on Social Media. [/su_heading]
The worst mistake people do.
Why would anyone danger their privacy by exposing it themselves, that too on social media?
It makes no sense.
If you have already posted your personal details like date of birth, mother’s middle name or anything that can be used against you, hiding them can be a better decision.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]7. Put a Tape on the Webcam. [/su_heading]
When not in use, put a tape on your Webcam.
Hacking has evolved and they can get access to your webcam too.
It gives them an opportunity to break into your personal life and look into your keyboard activity.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]8. Use Separate Browsers. [/su_heading]
Categorize your activities and break them into two part; one involves sensitive activity and another one is normal activities.
Now, Use one browser for sensitive activities like, online banking, shopping and other activities which involve money transaction. Never use this browser for any other purpose.
Use the other browser for normal activities like browsing, streaming, news reading etc.
The point is, if something bad happens to the second browser, it won’t affect the first one which is used for sensitive purposes.
The second one is more vulnerable to malicious software attack, as you do almost everything on it. It means you visit a lot of sites and some of them can be insecure and that is the reason it is exposed to vulnerabilities.
Believe me, this trick can save you from a lot of headaches.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]9. Get Yourself a New Router. [/su_heading]
It’s time to upgrade your router if it is too old and supports older Wi-Fi standard like 802.11b or 802.11g.
Right now, you’d find a lot of high-performance router with blazing fast speeds. They support latest Wi-Fi standards which ensure better online security with inbuilt VPN and other security features.
[su_heading size=”28″ align=”left”]10. Delete Browser History and Cookies Everyday. [/su_heading]
Before you turn off your computer, make sure you’ve removed everything from your browser.
Cookies are there to track your online behaviour, so it’s better to stop them from doing it.
Delete them every time you turn off your PC.
In case, I missed on something, do let me know.