How to protect yourself while using the Internet

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 07, 2013

Security

Security is a major concern for corporations and individuals alike. It’s important to cover your tracks on the Internet and also not give out too much information of yourself. While experts feel that passwords are the best way forward, however, there are still steps that can be taken to avoid malevolent behaviour on the Internet. Forbes has elucidated 10 easy-to-use tips to protect your privacy online.

Password protect your devices

Whether it’s your laptop, desktop PC or mobile phone every device should be password protected. If that is not done, it is very easy to gain access to private information like bank records, bills and other information.

Put out a Google alert on your name

A simple way to find out what is being said online is to log into http://www.google.com/alerts and enter your name, variations of the name and put quotation marks around it. This is easily manageable and a great way to be updated to any information being put forward online about you.

Sign out of online accounts

It’s necessary to remember that if you don’t sign out of accounts after using them your account is open to be used by anyone and easier to gain access to. This reduces the amount of tracking of you online if you are surfing the web. It also prevents whoever is using the device after you from downloading any private information you were looking for. When using someone else’s computer or a public computer this step is to be kept in mind.

Refrain from giving out information

This is the easiest way for unknown people to get access to private information. Do not hesitate to simply say no. If you are not bound by law to give out zip codes or email. Stores often need private information about a customer to put it in the database to use it in future for consumer profiling. It’s best, in such situations to make excuses.

Encrypt your computer

The object of this exercise is that someone who is trying to access your computer will have to have password or encryption key in order to see the contents to get across to the hard drive. Mac users can simply choose “Security and Privacy,” go to “FileVault,” choose the “Turn on FileVault” option in settings. PC users need to use Bitlocker.

Switch on 2-step authentication in Gmail

In case someone wants to access your password somehow, they cannot get access to it from any computer except yours. By enrolling with this tool, you can prevent hackers from gaining access to your private emails.

Use cash for small purchases

It’s always best to use cash whenever buying small grocery items or items that you don’t want electronic bills for.

Change your Facebook settings to “Friends Only”

Easiest way to track someone is if that person has everyone can see security settings. If you are not comfortable with the “networks” you’re sharing, simply change your Facebook privacy settings to “custom”.

Clear your browser history and cookies regularly

Go to “privacy” settings in your browser’s “options” and click on “never remember my browser history”.  

Use an IP masker

In order to hide your online activity, download Tor or use an easy browser like hidemyass.com.

Taking these few simple steps will ensure your online footprint is not under attack!