More services are constantly going online each year and they constantly require you to divulge more and more of your personal information. While these services feel they need to have your personal information, they do not.
Here are a few ways to stay safe online and how to protect your privacy.
Don’t give out more than you have to.
Just because somebody asks for your Personal Information, doesn’t mean you have to give it to them. Unless you are buying something that needs to be delivered to you, they don’t need your home address. While many services will ask you for deeply personal information like your address or phone number, ask yourself if they really need this information. If they don’t then don’t give it to them.
Use an Antivirus
Hackers are constantly trying to get your logins. You may download software, or visit a website that has a security hole or is simply ransomware in disguise. Antivirus software will protect you from installing a virus, trojan, or ransomware in the first place. There are many free Antivirus options and premium Antivirus option available for you to choose from.
Installing an antivirus is a simple way to keep you safe.
Use strong passwords
Use strong passwords, and never use the same password at two places. Passwords may be exposed on websites you use due to poor development. You would be surprised at how many websites store passwords as readable plaintext. If one of the sites you use gets hacked and you re-use your password, than all your accounts are exposed without you even knowing it.
Use a unique password with at least one capital character, one number, and one symbol. Use a trusty password key to help you manage your passwords if you need to.
Don’t forget to hit the ‘Log out’ button when you are done using a site. This will protect you from session hijacking, as well as from somebody being logged into your account if they happen across your computer.
Be mindful of what you post
People share a lot of selfies, or photos while exposing person information. Sometimes it’s easy to find information from a photo you posted, like for example in the case ok UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston posting his Zoom meeting id online, and some people will go to extremes like the case in Japan where a stalker tracked down a singer from the reflection in her eyes.
Your photos might be showing more than you want to.
Use a VPN
A VPN will help keep your internet connection secure and encrypted while masking your IP and true location.
Your IP tells a lot about you, it is your internet address, hackers can use this to try and gain direct access to your home computer or home network. When you use a VPN your IP is masked so hackers cannot easily find your IP to perform a targeted attack.
A VPN also encrypts your internet traffic when passing whatever local area network you are connected to all they way up to the VPN server. This is especially important when connecting to public wifi as they may be able to access any data going through their network.