Perhaps unsurprisingly for our digital era, 89% of Americans report that they are concerned with online privacy. With data leaks, hacking, and human error, keeping private information confidential can be a challenge for anyone. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to minimize the likelihood that your private data will be compromised.
- Be Smart About Your Passwords
Don’t use names or birthdays in your password and make them unique for each site. Make sure they are a combination of letters and numbers, and ideally, use a password manager like LastPass or KeePass.
- Cover Your Webcam When Not in Use
Most people are shocked to learn that their laptop webcams can be hacked. In fact, just a few months ago Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, reported that she was a victim of webcam hacking. And unfortunately, your webcam can be hacked without your awareness—in many cases, the light doesn’t turn on during the hacking. So, cover it up to avoid online peeping toms.
- Use Startpage.com for All Your Searches
Startpage.com—which is powered by Google—is one of the only known search engines that doesn’t collect or share private data about you. Other search engines log all of your searches and your IP address, allowing them to build a comprehensive profile about your online activities.
- Use Private Browsing Features or a VPN (Virtual Private Network)
For even more protection, consider using your browser’s privacy features. Chrome, for instance, allows you to open up an incognito window for surfing; with the incognito window, the pages that you view don’t appear in your browser’s history, nor do they leave traces like cookies. And a VPN encrypts practically everything you do on the web when it’s enabled. There are a number of free VPNs available for download.
Through these simple proactive measures, you’ll experience far greater Internet privacy than you would otherwise. Additionally, you’ll have much greater protection from hackers and data leaks.
And for businesses, if you’d like more information about how Scisbo can help your data security initiatives, we welcome you to contact us.