Life is hectic, and we spend much of it online, flitting from one site to another, devouring information and social commentary just as quickly as we digest food. However, did you know that every site you access, you can leave a footprint of your activity? Many people are unaware of this, or even if they are aware it does not affect them, as they are unconcerned about internet privacy. However, if they only knew that their internet habits can be open to anyone’s interpretation, they may think twice about visiting the “Gerbils Are King” site.
But on a more serious note, even if you don’t have time to dedicate to researching the latest virus that can potentially affect your computer, laptop or phone, there are important steps you can take to minimize the vulnerabilities of your devices. These steps don’t need to take up much of your time or commitment either and will preserve your internet privacy. Once you set the easy steps in motion you are free to get on with your life. Let’s look at a few.
Simple Ways To Improve Your Internet Privacy
You don’t need to spend hours updating your devices, but you do need to take a few simple steps:
- Use the auto update feature on your device – that way you don’t need to do anything – it will take care of updates all by itself
- If you use a laptop or computer don’t forget to close it down properly. There are many security updates issued and if you don’t turn the computer off properly it will fail to install them
- Look at the permissions on your device – many people leave this on default. Make sure you only allow sites the access to data you are happy to disclose
- Facebook is great – right? Have you looked at your privacy settings lately? Jut a quick check will ensure you are share only what you want to share. The same is true of any social media site
- Today internet browsers come with a lot of additional plugins that you can set and forget, ensuring your Internet privacy is maintained and you are not tracked by cookies. A few minutes spent now will remove the need to regularly check
- Review passwords regularly and do not use the same password for multiple sites – that’s just inviting trouble. Also make sure your passwords are hard to identify. Passwords like your birthdate or the name of your favorite cat are never ideal. At least try to make life difficult for the cybercriminal. They have sophisticated software that can help them crack a password but “Fluffy123” would mean they hardly need to turn it on!
- Many devices accept 2FA today (two factor authentication) and this is so easy to implement on your phone once it has been set up. This ensures your internet privacy is much safer. It gives you peace of mind as it allows you to sign into the site and will only accept that authorization after you enter the code that is delivered to your phone
- Use SSLi proxy servers to access websites as this encrypts data and gives you anonymity without you having to give any thought to the process.