The modern climate of mass surveillance has surpassed all people to question on how to effectively guard their internet privacy. Now, there are lots of recommended steps to lessen the risks on your personal online security.
Always remember two important points. First, much of the data available from our universal Internet access is readily accessible to all intelligence agencies, online service providers, people who steal identity, advertisers of service providers and to anyone who has technical skill.
Second, most of the numbers of risks in online security is social and not technical. Passwords that can be easily guessed utilized across to numerous services and the well-known “social engineering”, wherein the victim is usually misled into giving their login and personal information.
Always use a password manager
A password manager can make it very easy for you to create a one-of-a-kind password for all your registered sites and it can also ensure that when one of your service providers has been hacked, other will not be affected. Some password managers are for free and some may charge for a minimum cost. Password managers are usually available for
kinds of platforms, which also includes mobile.
Disable Wi-Fi and GPS on your mobile if you are not using it
Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi telecasts all specific information about your device; your location, the apps installed, and Internet usage. Making sure that it is disabled especially when not in use will prevent unrestricted telecast of your personal data. Power management applications may help in reminding you by turning Wi-Fi off automatically as soon as the screen becomes dark, which may also maximize the life of your battery.
GPS: Your mobile provider may able to know your exact location with the use of cell towers. If you are using a smart device that enables GPS, a more accurate location data will be available to a wide range of individuals, which may include your app developers and platform provider.
Study the access authorization for apps, and make excellent choices
In the Internet world if a certain service is offering it for free then it is guaranteed that you are the product. Most free apps and services gather detailed data about you that may permit them to sell in a much wide market for their advertising. Make sure that next time you install a ‘free’ app, study the data it is requiring you to access, and known if this app deserves those kinds of privileges.
Protect your Contact Number and Date of Birth
Never give away your full date of birth. It is a major piece of data that most providers may utilize for their verification. The same with your full contact number, especially if you misplaced your phone and you are trying to retrieve your list of contacts.
Make it hard for other people to find you on social media
Consider naming your social media account with aliases or nicknames. You may also try using uncommon email addresses for all the sites you want to register. Almost all online email provider advice you to do this by using extra symbols to your current email add. This way, it will be difficult for other people to look for you on any social media sites, and any time you start acquiring spam emails, you will know immediately where they got your email address.
Separate your personal and work presences
If you maintain a work email address, make sure to use it for work or business only. Your current employer might have the access to your work email address, so you do not want your personal emails be read by your employer, right? This will also prevent you from telling all your personal contacts that you changed email address just in case you change your employer as well.
You may also consider making different social media name: if it is work related then it must be in private, and if it for personal use, then you may set it to public viewing.
Encrypt your connections
Encryption is the method of encoding data; so that it will be only understandable to those have access to it. Most online services like Twitter, Gmail and Facebook, now provide encrypted or encoded connections. Make sure that your browser utilizes and encrypted the connection. Privacy tools like IPHider from DAW is able to provide such encrypted connections.
While the given safety measures provided above that may lessen your risk every time you are online, the reality still remains that collaborative is still the most powerful action to do.
Worldwide, all people must require that all countries globally concentrate on the efforts to implement the ‘International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance’. All people deserve a compilation of principles that establish decisions from a certain legislation that standardizes online access, fair use, freedom, and privacy.