Yeah, we said “guard” not “protect” because your online privacy is being attacked more often than you might think. Cambridge Analytica scandal is one of those examples in which you may not even notice that your personal information is being compromised. Internet is pretty interesting and useful place but a dangerous one too. In today’s post we’re gonna tell you 3 ways with which you can be safer while browsing online. Read this till end and you will gain a pretty good knowledge of guarding your privacy against the “thieves”.
Check your passwords
Data shows that a simple 4-6 word numeric password can easily be cracked within hours. Every site that you have signed up for has some amount of your personal data which can even comprise of your behavior on that site. The social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are constantly attacked for accessing unauthorized information. In such cases if your passwords are weak, then you may run into a problem. Make sure to have a good mixed alphanumeric password of at least 8 digits and also try to have different passwords on different sites as it is obviously much safer than having same password on each site.
Browsing online means you are hoping from one website to another that essentially means from one network of computers to another. And regardless of where you are, your moves can be traced. Your IP can be tracked. With that your location can be traced. And this is just a small scenario of the big picture. To make sure that other websites don’t track you, try to use “safe” browsers or search engines as much as you can. For example: Brave is a browser for both mobile and desktop platform that blocks the trackers and ensures a safe browsing experience for you.
Duck Duck Go and Qwant are search engines that are based on user’s privacy and doesn’t record any of the user’s data as Google does. These search engines basically provide you a personalized filter free results that are as good as Google’s results.
Duck Duck GO
Beware of viruses
Now this is probably the oldest and most preferred method to compromise someone’s personal data. Viruses can be transferred through many mediums online. For example: when you download a pdf file but that actually turns out to be an exe file then well, it’s a virus. Viruses and malwares have proved many times what they are capable of doing on small as well as on large scales. Make sure to have an active firewall on your system with some trusted antivirus. Scan the system at least once in a month and try to browse internet as privately as possible.
You need to understand that your data is precious. It tells about your behavior and psychology while browsing the internet and it’s safety is in your hands, not in Facebook’s, not in Twitter’s but yours. Stay safe and have a happy reading!!