5 Tips to Safeguard Your Online Privacy

PureVPN Oct-21-2013 Comments: 0
Tips to Safeguard Your Online Privacy
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Have you been thinking a lot about losing control over your online privacy and security? Obviously, with all the news and stories wondering around us, you must be.

Lots of struggle has been put in by many big internet giants and legislative bodies to address this sense of privacy deprivation, but to no avail. Now, the way to get out of this narrow alley is to take matters in your own hands. All you have to do is follow the below mentioned best tips while doing any online activity.


1: Look up signs of website security

First, read the privacy policy of the site

Among so many available choices for social networking and blogging, do you know what websites keep your data private? The privacy policy should clearly explain what information a website will gather about you; like questions about how the website works, what you can share, what is secured, what is unsecured and more. If you can’t find any privacy statements, consider it as a sign to move on to your next option.

Don’t Share everything about you

We will make a little tweak to the famous KISS statement by changing it from “Keep it Simple Silly” to “Keep it Secret Silly”. Consider this as our rule of thumb for navigating the lanes on various social networks. Let’s look at a few tips on safe and secure sharing.

  • Don’t post things that you don’t want to get public.
  • Minimize details that identify your family and friends’ information.
  • Always keep your account number, pass codes and user ID’s a hidden secret.
  • Never divulge your most personal email addresses.


2: Adjust your Online Social Network Privacy Settings

“Preserving online privacy isn’t a piece of cake, but there are things that you can do…”

Facebook has made tremendous efforts in making its privacy setting more simplified, but still there are many options that you might need familiarizing with. Especially those options, Graph Search for example, that dictate how much of your information is shared with the world. Given the newest features on Facebook, more and more threats to online privacy have awakened.

The settings page on Facebook has now quick options to decide who you want to share your profile and various elements with, be it friends or friends of friends. Many people use the customizing option and block people who they don’t want to share their information with.


3: Ensure that the data is transmitted on a secure connection

While sending credit card information, banking info and pass codes, confirm that there's an icon of a padlock in the address bar of the browser. This icon represents a protected connection to the situation.

If your association is not secure then your data can be easily interpreted by any cyber criminal or hacker by using simple hacking tools.


4: Use Private Web Browsing tools or a VPN

Latest versions of nearly every browser offer an extra layer of protection called “Private” or “Stealth Browsing”. These sessions keep out cookies and do not log any history session details.

While these private browsing sessions hide your activities from other people you share your computer with, they still divulge as much information to government, private, and illegal spying entities as do normal browsing sessions. Therefore, common logic dictates the use of VPN for a truly private, secure, and anonymous browsing experience.

VPN protects your data by wrapping it up in an encrypted envelope to save it from outside intrusion. At the same time it creates a strong tunnel for safe transfer of data from your device to the specified site. Consider it as your own, private freeway from your home to your workplace, and you’ll get the picture.


5: Always think before you post

Take good care to manage your information while networking, posting texts on boards or blogging. If you contribute to online social network or write blogs for websites, be careful about your associates and the people you share information with. Connect to the people you trust only. Do not post information that is strictly personal and that you don’t want to share with people.

Conclusion

These are some key pointers to follow before doing any activity online. We recommend a safe start by researching about the website you aim to work with.  Use your social network and then generate complete knowledge of its privacy policy and privacy settings. Don’t trust anyone online and always protect your connection with VPN. Have a secure surfing session!

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