Now more than ever, it’s important to be vigilant online.
Research shows that 75% of Americans are concerned about their online privacy, yet few are truly taking action.
This doesn’t have to be you. Here are some tips to protect your online privacy:
Browse in incognito mode.
Don’t want to save your browsing history? Using private or “incognito” mode is the way to go. This is its own form of privacy protection—preventing others from tracing your internet search history from your device.
Note that your Internet Service Provider (ISP) can still access your online activity. If you’re on a work computer, so can your employer. The websites you visit will continue to track you as well, even if you’re surfing in incognito mode.
Avoid oversharing on social media.
Oversharing on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram can make it easy for hackers to steal your personal information. If the year you were born, your first pet, or your mother’s maiden name are easily-identifiable from your accounts, it might be time to up your privacy.
Similarly, you’ll want to avoid sharing information about your children, travel plans, or specific location on social media. And don’t forget to up your privacy settings on mobile payment apps like Venmo, where the default settings make it easy for people to view your transaction history.
Use a virtual private network (VPN).
A VPN is a proven way to boost your online privacy. Specifically, it provides anonymity by establishing a private network from a public Wifi connection, hiding your Internet Protocol (IP) address as a result.
When using the internet at a coffee shop, library, or another public place, a VPN can bring peace of mind by helping to protect your personal information. This is critical where your digital security is concerned.
With these tips in your arsenal, you can keep data security top-of-mind and interact more safely online.
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