10 Ways to protect your online privacy

Online privacy is often taken for granted with more people being prone to hacking and cyber bullying. The internet has a lot of browsers and not everything that pops on your screen is good for you. Social media actually makes it easier for other people to know your personal business, where you work and live, your family and so much more. We make it easier for predators to pounce on us and attack either by cyber-bullying, trolling and others even hacking our accounts. This violation is on another level and it becomes hard to report it and even deal with it especially here in Kenya.

There are a couple of ways you can protect your privacy online and here are the top 10 tips you should know.

1. Block or tape over your webcam

There have been numerous reports of people spying on innocent individuals through their webcams. Hacking webcams is very easy thus the need to cover them up when not using them to avoid predators, creeps and perverts from spying on you.

2. Disable location service

Some applications require you to turn on your notification for them to function thus your need to be cautious about this. Whereas there’s nothing wrong with turning your GPS to use an app, most of us forget to turn it off and it becomes very easy to fall prey to cyber attacks.

3. Look for ‘HTTPS’

Whenever you see ‘https’ and a padlock alongside the URL of your browser, it means that the data is encrypted as it travels back and forth from the website to your computer or phone. This helps prevent people from hacking the site and can actually give you access to more features on your browser

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4. Use tracker blockers

Most websites have a tracker known as a ‘cookie’ when you visit them. They use this to track your browsing behavior and installing a tracker blocker allows you to choose what is being tracked

5. Have very strong passwords

Most people have very bad passwords that are easy to hack into and they use them everywhere. This is very dangerous considering how hackers love to cyber attack people. I know its difficult to remember all your passwords but you can save them as a draft on you email which will make it easier for you to access

6. Make a private search engine your default

When browsing the internet, a majority of us just type in what we’re searching for and most of that information is very sensitive. To avoid this, you can be able to search anything online using a private search engine and this means you will not have a search history and your personal information will be concealed.

7. Use an ad blocker

A lot of websites have way too many ads and it gets annoying. Something you probably didn’t know is that those spam ads are some of the ways you can be cyber attacked. It is advisable to install an ad blocker in your phone and computer to block out ads and malware running around the internet.

8. Review your social media accounts frequently

Take time to do a social media audit on all your accounts. Check your privacy settings and don’t accept invites from people you don’t know. Also you need to frequently delete your feed and search history.

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9. Avoid putting so much online

Millennials are so addicted to social media and not everyone posts their real life. It has become such a huge competition that they even give away their location and movements on social media. Be careful about what you share online because you don’t know who might be watching.

10. Turn on automatic updates

Updating software can be so annoying and time consuming but is very recommendable. Keep your softwares up to date because of the patches and bug fixes made by the app developers which majority of the time are security measures.

 

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