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Privacy and Security on the Internet

We all think we are safe when using the internet, but with over 2 billion users on the net at the same time as you, how safe can your privacy and security on the Internet really be? It’s about time you start protecting yourself from potential threats. Today we will talk about different methods you can use to help stay protected.

WHO TO TRUST?

When online you might be fortunate enough to meet some very loyal friends, or unfortunate enough to have your identity stolen. Keeping your information private from unknown users is of the utmost importance when surfing the net. There have been many cases of frauds attempting to befriend users to ease information out of them. Never give out private details of your personal life or location to online users.

UNSOLICITED EMAIL SCAMS

Keep your email clean and filtered of all unsolicited mail. Email phishing is a very simple and effective way to fool someone into thinking they are sending information to a bank or business. By keeping things filtered you allow the system to separate your email and keep you from harm. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep your email system ready for battle.

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  • Stay away from links inside unwanted emails
  • Turn on your firewall
  • Keep cautious about attachments
  • Turn on spam filters
  • Do not trust unsolicited emails
  • Keep your antivirus up to date

It’s really simple keeping your privacy when it comes to emails, just follow these simple rules.

COMPLEX PASSWORD SYSTEM

Periodically changing the passwords to websites that hold personal information of yours can help prevent leakage. Take the time to change passwords and create something complex that only you can remember. If you have to save them do it on a private cloud system, usually clouds are very well protected and are trusted for such reasons.

GPS & LOCATION INDICATORS

It really irks me when social media sites do this, they try publishing your current location to the public without asking when posting. Be careful of this feature for privacy reasons, why would you want strangers knowing where you like to go for dinner or even live? Giving this type of personal information out is horrible and makes it easier for someone to become you if they wanted to. Do not leave yourself open to the public, if you want to let your friends know where you are, why not just call them?

PUBLIC WI-FI USE

wifiIt is highly recommended you only attempt to connect to securely encrypt public networks. Did you know the person eating the donut across the room could easily watch what you are doing without you noticing? This can happen because of so many users being connected to an open and unsafe network, these types of frauds or hackers can easily be stopped. Try using a virtual private network so you can stay anonymous in a café full of users. You can allow for all traffic going in and out of your computer or smartphone to be encrypted and basically scramble the information so others cannot see what you do on your own time.

AVOID PROMOTIONAL SCAMS

Avoid your curiosity when it comes to getting “free tablets” or other goodies on unprotected websites. There are many ads that allow you to get free items for exchange of your name and address. You will never receive the item and you also just gave a totally random person your personal information. Email inboxes can also start to be over flooded by unsolicited mail or spam content from these sites.

ANTI-VIRUS

The market is full of really well made anti-virus programs, while some are cheaper than others its best to review them all and find one of your liking. These can catch most malicious bugs that enter your system prior to them getting to work on your files. Some viruses can leak private photos, texts, and details of your location such as an ip number. It is best to catch them early before they become too much for even a good anti-virus to handle.

INTERNET PHISHING

This is a very common term in the online community. Website fishing is an extremely common way to fool people into thinking they are logging into everyday websites but in reality they are entering a copy site that gathers data. They are made to look identical to the real one and have similar URL’s as the official version, some of the information they like to gather are:

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  • Social Security Numbers
  • Home address
  • Full Names
  • Telephone Numbers
  • Email address
  • Social Media Links

Attempting to avoid privacy intrusion can be an exhausting job, but in the end it can be well worth it. Take the time to look over and study the information and protect yourself to the fullest. Keeping yourself updated with the newest software and gadgets can keep you one step ahead of the common hacker. The internet is a great place, you just can’t ever let your guard down.

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