In today’s digital and progressive world where everything is available online and everybody feels compulsory to have accounts on social websites then the risk of violation of online privacy increases. The following are some of the tips that should be followed by everyone in order to improve online privacy (Naughton, 2015; Perekalin, 2019).
Social privacy settings
If you have an account on social websites (which is a useless question to be asked in it as no one can live without social media these days) and you can see the default settings of your account then you will be surprised to see that most of the things are available for the public to see. So the first and foremost step is to reset all the settings as per your choice.
Avoid Public Storage
The public storages such as Google docs and Dropbox etcetera should be avoided in case of storing one’s private information and especially the passwords. Along with this do not use online websites that offer storage capacity.
The web tracking is another most significant thing that is frequently being done by marketers. They use your browsing history and provide you with the best relevant ads. This tracking should be avoided by using various web tools.
Use end to end encryption
Another way of protecting online privacy is to send messages to your contacts by using the feature of end to end encryption. By doing so, even the message service provider will not be allowed to see your conversations.
Protect your logins
All the social websites require logins so, in this case most of the websites provide the feature of two-factor authentication and it is recommended to people to use it in order to improve online privacy. By using this method it is required by the user to enter a password that is received on his contact number (Naughton, 2015).
Changing passwords frequently
Another crucial approach to protecting online privacy is to frequently change passwords so that no one can access your accounts. Most of the foreign universities require it from their students to change passwords after every 6 months period (Whittaker, 2018).
Stay private on Wi-Fi networks
Wi-Fi networks are another prominent source of hacking. It is recommended to everyone to stay private on your Wi-Fi networks and do not allow your account settings to save passwords on every browser.
Whenever an application is downloaded on the phone or other gadgets or even in case of built-in applications, there are lots of access options for which the application seeks user permission. It is highly recommended to allow the application to access only that much which is compulsory for the application to operate and nothing more.
Watch out for ‘phishing’ emails
The hackers do use the spam emails in order to reach out to the target and ask for the accounts information. The spam emails have also become sophisticated that people get into the trap easily so watch it out (Whittaker, 2018).
Check for the web addresses
There are lots and lots of websites available so it has become equally important to look at whether the website is secure or not. If the website address that is mentioned in the address section has an “s” with it then it means that the website is secured so use it and try to avoid the unsecured websites.
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Perekalin, A. (2019, April 22). Kaspersky Daily. Retrieved from https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/privacy-ten-tips-2018/23022/
Whittaker, Z. (2018, September 11). ZDnet. Retrieved from Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies: https://www.zdnet.com/article/simple-security-step-by-step-guide/