Online Privacy is more or less becoming a rare commodity these days. What was once considered a basic right has now become something we pretty much need to fight for every day.
Now I know a lot of you might not even bet an eye at what sites you visit or what information you share online.But you know what, 9 out of every 10 site you visit daily record a lot of information about you.
After all, how else do explain all the eerily related ads popping up everywhere on your browser.
My point is, you and I are being watched every time we go online.
Although you might not consider your email addresses or your social media ids to be intimate, but in reality they tell a lot about you than you might think.
Allow me to explain:
Picture this, your Instagram user name is Casandra94 and your profile privacy is set to public. With a quick glance at your profile, I can guess where you live, how old you are and what you’re into.
Now that’s just me, imagine what a booming company or your neighbourhood creep can use this valuable insight for.
Call me paranoid, but I take my privacy very seriously and it’s high time you start taking it too.
In this blog, I’m gonna tell you few dead simple ways to fool proof your online privacy.
Password Protect Everything
The most sure fire way to prevent someone from hacking into your device in the first place is to use a powerful password combination.
Take a look at your password right now, do you really think it’s hard to crack?
According to SplashData (password management security company), nearly 10 percent people were found to use passwords as easy as 123456. These results were compiled from over 5 million leaked passwords.
If you think creating a long and complex password would be hard to manage or remember, well… you’re wrong.
Just use a good password manager, it’ll automatically create complex passwords and also remember it for you.
Anonymize yourself with a VPN
Now sure it’s okay to Google, check the weather or read the news on a public Wi-Fi but anything beyond that you might want to reconsider.
If you want to transfer funds, check confidential emails or even want to catch up on your social media, it’s a good idea to invest in a dedicated IP VPN.
Now you might be wondering, what the heck is a VPN? Well…it’s a powerful, super easy to use tool that allows you to connect to the internetusing an encrypted secure tunnel.
Using a VPN not only prevents creeps from spying on you but also restricts cyber snoops from stealing your confidential data.
Get rid of Cookies &Cache
Now don’t get me wrong, I love cookies, just not the kind of onesusually found in browsers.
Although cookies and cache can genuinely reduce page load times, they are infamous for storing more data than they should.In fact, you’d be surprised to see just how much data cookies and cache can store up.
If left undeleted this level of information can tell a lot about a person.Therefore, it’s always a good idea to delete caches and cookies from time to time.
Getting rid of cookies is also super simple, just hit Ctrl+Shift+Del and select what browsing data you wish to get rid of.You’d be amazed to see how much of a difference this makes.
Lock your Devices&Keep them in your Sight
Now it might seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprise by how many people actually leave their unlocked devices unattended.
Whether you’re at your office or at your local Starbucks, it’s always a good idea to put your laptop lid down before you head on over to the counter.
It only takes a split second for you to get distracted and who knows who might be lurking around to steal your information.
So there you have it folk, these were my top four tips to enhance your online privacy. Hopefully now you can stay safe, secure and most of all anonymous on the intent
Abdul Rehman is a simple Tech savvy bloke with a neck for writing. Monday to Friday, he enjoys delving down in to the inner workings of privacy and security of top-tier VPN providers. Nevertheless, on the weekend he is a bit modest and simply loves spending time with his dog.