6 Easy ways to protect your Online Privacy

Have you been offered free stuff on the internet including, song downloads, free e-books, invitation to watch a free video, etc.,?  If you have taken up on their offer, you are, in reality, really giving away your private information in exchange. Free stuff on the web almost always means you are paying for it with your privacy.  

Here we have listed 5 easy ways you can protect against your private information being used against you.

  1. Make sure that you understand the privacy policy that is available on all the websites that you subscribe to.

Keep abreast of the changes in the privacy policy. For example check your Facebook Privacy Settings at least once a week to make sure your privacy is well protected.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner advises internet users to think before divulging your personal information to websites.

  • Who wants the information and who will have access to it?
  • Why do they want it?
  • What will it be used for?
  • Where will your information be stored?
  • When will your information be used and discarded?
  • You should disable cookies from third-party websites or opt out of any cookie download.

Cookies are a way in which 3rd parties, such as marketers can find out about your Internet surfing habits, and consequently use this information to target ads that fits your interests.

  • Never post any private or confidential information on social media networks or any web forums.

If someone gets a hold of your private information, such as your address, phone number or even an embarrassing photo’s, it can cause havoc in your life.

  • Do not access your private accounts, check personal information, or make purchases while using public Wi-Fi.

Public Wi-Fi areas such as Coffee shops, Airports or Bookstores are open and anyone can sniff your personal data. Always use a password protected Internet network to shop or bank online to keep your confidential data safe from hackers.

  • Do not use easy passwords and never reuse the same password for all your web accounts.

Always set difficult passwords or change the passwords on sites you use every 3-6 months. Be especially careful of websites that store your financial information.  

  • Clear out all your private information scattered on the Internet?

Most people have private info, such as name, address, age, work history, etc. posted on directories and websites on the Internet. If you want to remove your private information and your other unwanted information from around the web, here are some services that can help:

http://www.internetremoval.com
http://www.clydestan.com
http://removeyourname.com

7. Most importantlymanage your Passwords well: Protect your online credentials by setting difficult passwords and not using the same passwords for all your web accounts.

Password Managers are also great option if they do not save all their information. You can also try like SmartSignin’s Single Sign-on solution to securely store your passwords so that you don’t have to remember them. Unlike other password solutions, Besides offering our two-factor authentication to verify that you are who you say you are, SmartSignin’s patented encryption technology also ensures that no one but have the right to access your web accounts. With SmartSignin, all your eggs (passwords) are not in one basket as each password is individually encrypted and never stored!

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