HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE PRIVACY
Your privacy while you browse the internet is not something to joke with, it is serious business and what you should pay particular attention to. The fact that the internet has virtually become an expedient resource for us all, has made it quite easy for us to let down our guard while surfing the web.
Sadly, many of us are too nonchalant with our management of personal information and activities online. This leaves us in a situation of vulnerability to invasion of privacy and possible identity theft. In light of this, we have collated a few sense tips to help you practice safe browsing and ensure your overall online safety.
Delete or Clear Tracking Cookies
Tracking cookies or simply cookies are text files that your browser saves while you are browsing the internet. They are basically used to personalize your experience while you are on the internet. They work in conjunction with your IP address to give you a richer and more customized experience.
Anything personal, including credit card details, e-mail addresses can be saved into cookies. If these cookies are not sent over HTTPS (a secure version of the HTTP), they can easily be accessed by anyone on that same network. So be sure to delete cookies in your browser settings once you’re done surfing the net.
Protect Your Computer and Mobile Devices
Ensuring the safety of your devices from malicious content on the internet is quite easy. With simple precautions like setting up a firewall, ensuring all software programs are up to date and using an effective anti-virus program, you are good to go. You should also be in the know of how to scan your computer for a virus check so that you can be rest assured that nothing unsafe is lurking in the corners of your device.
Clean Up Your Search History
Many search engines keep tabs on your searches so they can target ads to suit you (this is achieved using cookies as earlier mentioned). Clear your search history and cookies to rid yourself of the possibility of a safety compromise. You could also switch to a search engine that doesn’t track any of your personal data. A very good example of this is DuckDuckGo.
Don’t Fall for Scams
Legitimate businesses will not make calls or send you mails requesting for your personal details so be on guard. Rule number one of scams - If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Be Careful What You Share Online
This has to be the most logical of all the tips. It cannot be overemphasized. If you won’t be able to share a piece of information real life, then you probably shouldn't share it online. Keep your passwords, usernames and phone number to yourself. You should also have disposable e-mails for all unofficial registrations you might need to do online.
Avoid Using Unsecure Wi-Fi Connections
Ensure you use only secure Wi-Fi connections because there’s no telling who’s watching the internet traffic. If you must use one, never convey private information over such a network or endeavor to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to mask your operations online.
We hope this few tips have been useful to you and will help you attain some level of online safety. And because you can’t be too safe on the internet, we at No Risk Domain are here to secure you with our tools. Happy surfing!