The following are steps on how to protect your online privacy;
Use Strong Passwords
Develop a culture of securing your information by avoiding the 1234 or year of birth type of passwords. Cybercriminals may take advantage of this and gain information. Use strong passwords, two-factor authentication and downloading new updates constantly.
Use an Encrypted App for Messaging
It’s best to use an app that has end-to-end encryption if you want to secure contents of your messages. This means that you and the recipient are the only ones who can read the message, no middle person. A great example is Signal. Signal offers encrypted messaging on both iPhone and Android.
Update Your Privacy Settings on Social Media Accounts
It’s advisable to change a few settings to improve your online privacy. Hide your phone number or email from your social media accounts. Don’t give apps permission to use your phonebook.
Protect Your Phone’s Online Privacy
Always keep your phone safe or always have passwords. This ensures that your information doesn’t leak when you lose your device.
Use a VPN to Stay Safe on Public Networks
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. VPN masks your IP address.
Turn Off Your Location
Leaving your phone location gives criminals and companies your location. Only turn on your location when necessary.
Avoid Clicking Links from Unknown Sources
Cybercriminals use email scams or fishy links to phish for information. Do not click on links that are suspicious.
Manage you Smart Devices
Commanding your smart devices may be fun but it’s also dangerous if you are not careful. Don’t put all your devices on the same network. If someone hacks your microwave, they won’t be able to gain access to your PC.
Limit the Personal Information You Share on Social Media
Its essential not to overshare on your social media pages. Providing too much information on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can give cybercriminals information about you.
Browse in Incognito or Private Mode
To avoid your computer saving your browsing history, cookies, and temporary internet files do your web surfing using private mode.
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