How to protect your privacy? – 10 Tips & Tricks
The word PRIVACY lately has finally gotten the attention its meaning deserves. Reports of increasing cybercrime and spying attempts from some governments on their citizens brought Internet privacy to the top of the world press.
Internet privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy concerning the storing, repurposing, provision to third-parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself via the Internet.
What does Internet privacy mean? : Privacy can entail either Personally Identifying Information (PII) or non-PII information such as a site visitor’s behavior on a website. PII refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual. For example, age and physical address alone could identify who an individual is without explicitly disclosing their name, as these two factors are unique enough to typically identify a specific person.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Where on the Internet are privacy violations happening the most? : You will not like what you read, but unfortunately most of the reported privacy violations or reported concerns about privacy issues are connected with some search engines, web browsers, social network platforms, online dating, porn, and job websites.
Literally privacy concerns happening the most there where surfer store or submit their personal data or data about the surfer’s behavior is stored.
Of course we MUST mention the hundreds of thousands of infected, bad behaving or malware-containing websites that are just set up to spy on visitors!
How do you protect your privacy while surfing or using a computer connected to the internet? : Unfortunately, in computing there is no 100% protection. Surfers and computer users must be aware of this fact! However your Internet connection is like an open door to your computer, credit card information, account details of services you use, and personal files and folders.
Below are the top 10 tips to protect your online privacy: (Unfortunately this list could be much longer than 10 tips, and it is really mandatory that you educate yourself about commuter crime, privacy violations, virus, spyware, and other malware!)
1. Do not submit personal data about yourself if it is not really, really necessary. Sometimes you can go around a signup process by simply emailing or contacting the service provider or website.
2. Social is great, it’s also trendy but there are hidden dangers. Do you really need to let every mom and pop know who you are and what you like and where you live? What you just had for dinner and share the photos about your weekend trip with them? You should carefully choose with whom you share your online and offline life!
3. Always verify security certificates before buying online! If it’s at all possible to get the same item offline, go to the shop and buy it in person!
4. It has been said a million times before, but DO NOT OPEN email attachments from unknown sources and virus-scan every attachment you receive from a known source before opening it! We would even go so far and suggest to first contact the sender if he is known to you before opening an email attachment and NEVER reply to suspicious messages or unknown senders if it’s not really, really necessary!
5. Do not store any sensitive or delicate data on your computer. Burn it on CD or DVD, save it on a USB stick and keep it in a safe place. If you need to have important files stored on your computer always protect, lock, or encrypt them!
6. If at all possible, do not sign up for a static IP by your ISP or at least restart your router and unplug your Internet line from time to time to get a new IP assigned. Your IP identifies your location and actually you as a person!
7. Install at least one anti-virus scanner and a Firewall and make the right configuration settings!
8. Use privacy protection tools like “Privacy Optimizer” to hide your IP, clean tracks, protect folders, and securely delete files.
9. Use only search engines that do not collect personal or your behavioral data. A privacy optimized search engine is duckduckgo is only one of many new upcoming privacy protected search engines.