Privacy protection is most important thing which we must do over internet these days. Most of the companies collect our very personal information and indirectly earn the money using our sensitive information. Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are free but how they are earning? They do so by sometime selling our information to Ad networks or displaying the ads by themselves. Every system have some vulnerabilities which cause the leaks of the sensitive information of the users from the system. So it is necessary to ensure the Privacy Protection on our end. Following the some Quick tips to ensure the Proper Privacy Protection
Use Virtual Private Network
It was always better to use a Virtual Private Network when you are using internet over the Public Network. It is also better for anonymous internet surfing to hide your identity from the website you are using. Although they are used to carry out the illegal activities but still it is highly advisable to use them especially when you are not on a secure network. Use Zenmate Great Browser Extension
Avoid eating Cookies
I am talking about the browser cookies which install by themselves and gather a lot of information about the user’s surfing activity. The main purpose of cookies to generate the interest-relevant ads on the websites. You can avoid cookies by using the “incognito” or “Private” mode of the browsers which is available in most of them. There are some browsers plugins/add-ons which clears the cookies and cache constantly.
Don’t stay logged on
It is very easy for everyone to stay logged on rather than typing the password again and again but remember that it is less secure it terms of privacy. Big internet giants like Google and Facebook can follow you everywhere you go over the internet. So cut the thread and surf the internet without being followed.
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Use Multi emails
It is not a good idea to use same email id for social networks, forums, news subscriptions and Banks as well. Sometime most of them are much unsecured. You shouldn’t use the same email id for the Banks and other finance related websites on the social networks and forums. In this way you can prevent the much loss if one of your email id got hacked.
Encryption before saving in cloud
It is better to encrypt the data before saving it in the cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox. Honestly speaking no one is trustable over the internet so it is necessary to ensure the Privacy Protection by ourselves. Encryption of data can prevent the data and privacy loss even if these services are vulnerable to any attack.
Don’t allow GPS
While tweeting or Posting on Facebook, they obtain the location of the user and sometime also share it among the followers of the friends which is not good for the Privacy Protection. The thing which we can do is to stop browsers to allowing the websites to access the GPS and locate the position using the internet connection. Location using the IP is mostly not accurate but still it can tell a lot so we can spoof our IP using the VPN which I discussed above.
Google Your name
If you are not doing anything which should make you famous over the internet then it is bad to have your name in the search engines. Try to search your first and last name in the google and check the results. If any site is displaying any information about you publically then contact the administrator of that website and take the necessary steps. Setup “Google Alert” on this search page because whenever any information updates there, Google should inform you.
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Picture can expose location
I’m not taking the visual appearance of the picture but whenever you takes the picture, most of the Smart phones and digital cameras saves a lot of information about the picture including the device name, picture information and especially the exact coordinates where the picture has been taken. So turn off the GPS of the mobile Camera.
Keep Computer Security Software Updated
Try to update your antivirus whenever it is needed. Never use the cracked or fake key activated antivirus. It is much better to use the Free version rather than the cracked. Cracked antivirus can be the most dangerous bug for your system so protect yourself.
Don’t Share if unnecessary
Usually while registering to any website especially social networks, they ask for a lot of stuff. Don’t fill those text boxes which are unnecessary to be filled. Provide only limited amount of information which is needed to be provided to that website.
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