The internet has been a very active media that connects the whole world to make the world appear like one big village. However, you should always protect your personal information because it can lead you to trouble if it reaches the hands of the wrong person. The following are eight ways to protect your privacy while browsing the Internet:
- Configure Your Web Browser. First, ensure that your web browser is configured correctly to keep you safe from sharing your personal information that includes email addresses, telephone numbers, etc. without your knowledge. You should also ensure that your personal information is not available for other websites when you are sending or filling in forms in a website that you trust.
- Use Email Wisely. Use your email with a lot of caution. Investigations have shown that numerous hackers have been able to access personal details of many people using email accounts. You should always have an extra account that you only use when joining chat rooms or mailing lists and posting on online newsgroups. If you use your primary email address, there are chances that your personal information can be accessed by hackers.
- Selectively Share Information. Be very careful when sharing your personal information over the internet. You should avoid sending information that is very private to mailing lists and other groups. You should also be very sure that you are sharing your personal information with the right recipient and not the whole mailing list if you have to do it. This protects you from sharing any sensitive information to the wrong person.
- Don’t Give Out Personal Information. One of the ways through which most of your personal information can be accessed is through social media or when you are looking online for a job. You should be very careful not to reveal any personal information to any stranger or any group of people that you don’t trust. Many people tend to share their personal information with strangers when they are looking for friendship, relationships, advice, and even jobs. Try to avoid doing this.
- Delete Spam and Don’t Click on Those Links! You might have come across some funny messages in your email or your Facebook. These messages are sometimes unreadable, and others are very long. These messages are referred to as spam messages, and you should not reply to any of these messages. Spam messages contain links that will be able to gather a lot of information about you without your knowledge. You’ve been warned! Delete any spam messages that you find in your inbox.
- Use Strong Passwords. Ensure that all the passwords that you use in all your personal accounts are very strong. You should use a password that is very hard to memorize or guess. You should not use a generic password for everything. Try to make your password different for different things. There are online password generators that will create strong passwords for you. Make use of these tools.
- Manage/Delete Cookies. Ensure that you turn on all the notices from the cookies in your active Web browser. You should also use software that can manage all the cookies. Cookies can be defined as some small traces of information and data that are stored on your computer by the websites. The information can either be passwords and other privacy information. Use a web browser that allows you to control over the cookies. These web browsers will give you a notification every time a website tries to write a cookie file, and you will decide on whether to allow it or not.
- Above All, USE DISCRETION. You should also be very careful when it comes to clicking on some of the links that appear on websites when you are browsing. Before clicking any link, you should check if it has “HTTPS” and this signifies security. All the sites that have “HTTPS” will always try to make sure that all the personal information that you share on this website is secure. Most of the other links are meant to still your personal information and others are viruses.