Apprehensive about the confidentiality of your online privacy?
In this competitive era of the digital world, it has become an important concern to preserve your online data or privacy securely. Most of the users prefer to keep their online activities private but they hardly take any steps to keep their data secured.
Hackers who are aware of such circumstances utilize every opportunity to steal the available online information. This has led to an increase in the online theft and hacking activities during the time period of 2013 to 2017.
People tend to store their precious data or share their information details on various online platforms including the multiple social media channels.
Users who become a victim of online theft suffer both in terms of losing their reputation as well as financially.
We are listing around 10 prevention steps to safeguard your online privacy. Follow them to protect your information and identity.
- Protecting your online credentials – Today, a majority of the users taken the concept of ‘login credentials’ in a light and granted way. Keeping a strong and strengthening username and password for all your online accounts is the first step to protect your privacy and data. It is important to select a relevant username which is simple and easy to remember. Always ensure the possibility of enabling the hackers from guessing your username depending upon your name or birth date. Never indulge in a mistake of creating a username based on your ‘Social Security Number’.
The next step is the selection of a robust password. You can also undertake the assistance of a ‘Password Generation App’ to develop the best and secured one.
The most frequent kind of used passwords includes ‘1234’, ‘0000’, etc. Ensure to use a password which is a mix of upper case, lower case, digits, and special characters. I’m sure the hackers won’t be able to grab an access easily.
A two-factor authentication is essential as it adds multiple layers of security to your password and online account. With such an implementation, you will be able to access an account, only after verifying a code sent to the registered mobile device or email address.
Keep using different usernames and passwords for the various online accounts.
The most important point to be noted – Never share your login credential details (username and password) with someone else.
- Keep a track of your browser – Generally, most of the browsers track the online activities and movements of the users. The browsers ensure to sell this information to the ad companies. You can see numerous irritating ads that pop up on your web page and it is due to the sale of your activities to an ad firm.
Have you heard of the term ‘Web cookies’? Basically, most of the times, web cookies are naive. It can be used to recollect your contents from the shopping cart or various web form entries. It is also helpful in tracking the online behavior and movement of a specific user. Utilizing the web cookies once in a while can be beneficial.
One of the other ways to keep a control on your online movement is to use the ‘Incognito Mode’. Under this mode, your browser won’t have the power to save the history, any online visited sites, or web cookies. You can easily substitute your browser with an anonymous browser.
Few examples are the use of The Onion Browser or the Epic Browser.
- Be careful of the internet service providers – If you aren’t aware, let this be an eye-opener for you – Your ISP (internet service providers) can possess the right to monitor your online searches and movements. Every time you search for something online, your browser will send that information to the DNS server. Your ISP will have the potential to read and monitor such queries that are being sent. It is not necessary that all the ISP’s will keep a track of your searches.
In an instance of not wanting your ISP to monitor your searches, there are two ways to safeguard your privacy:
- Use an ISP which won’t monitor your movements including the searches
- Enable a VPN to make your data secured
- Check the Wi-Fi connection used – Now, you might be wondering how can Wi-Fi support the online attacks? Are you aware of the term ‘KRACK ATTACK’?
Cyber-attacks can be implemented with the help of penetrating into your Wi-Fi connection. And ‘KRACK Attack’ is an existing proof. It can enable your hackers to rob the various user information such as contents from a text message, personal information, etc.
To eliminate the occurrence of a KRACK ATTACK, ensure to install the security updates on time. With the help of security updates, you can be guaranteed that a key is installed only once. Try to add extra layers of safeguarding an information by making a visit to the HTTPS sites via using a VPN.
- Communication encryption – Recently, we have come across a major Tech related news – FBI wants to break the Facebook’s messenger encryption. And did you get a message from this news? It’s as simple as that – Even the FBI doesn’t own a power or means to encrypt the FB messages without a robust source.
Hence, try to use the ‘encrypted mode’ while sending the messages to others via apps. Most of the social media apps have the feature of sending a text message in an encrypted mode. This mode supports all functions such as text, call, or even the video calls.
Utilize popular and reliable email services such as ProtonMail, etc. which will easily help you to track the email content.
- Social media share – Social media has become a significant part of our lives. Nearly 80% of the people across the world maintain accounts on different social media platforms to build their social connectivity. But amidst the building of social connectivity, do not forget about your online privacy.
Social media platforms are the best place where hackers can utilize their malicious techniques to steal the personal data of the users. With the help of a ‘FAKE ACCOUNT’, the hackers can easily rob your details.
Hence, be highly careful before posting any update or information on social media accounts. Also, be careful with the addition of new people to your friends or followers list. At times, the hackers might use your photographs for the worst. Never give your phone number or address, rather encourage the utilization of private email address, while setting up an account.
If you aren’t yet aware of these above-mentioned security guides, make sure to implement them, right away to protect your data.
Your data (the ones you chose to share with others) are your sole responsibility. Hence, protect them now, rather than falling into a ditch later.