How To Stay Safe On The Internet And Ensure Privacy?


Many people think that there is absolute freedom in using internet; unfortunately, it is far from the truth. Internet is the best source to lose privacy as anyone could hack or breach the accounts of another one with the help of tools or hacking techniques. The worst part is that the Government can monitor every move made by the user and can use it against them in case of any illegal activities. There is nothing much one can do about this monitoring, but there are 5 wonderful ways that can protect the information of an individual from falling into the wrong hands.

1.       Browser Settings

There are many browsers like Chrome, Opera, Mozilla that offer privacy settings as well as security settings. In these settings, disable the option of accepting “cookies” from new websites. In addition, be careful while accepting the cookies even to the frequently visited websites.

Turn on the clear cookies option after closing the browser so that the websites cannot monitor the IP address. There are many https plug-ins that can help to establish secure connections from the browsers. Therefore, one can have safe connectivity between the PC and laptop with the server.

2.       Social Media

The best place to know someone’s information is social media. The platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. show the details of the members if they are not unchecked. An individual has to be very careful while going through the privacy settings and ensure maximum protection to the profiles. The best advice is to block strangers, avoiding suspicious pages/groups, set visibility while posting and look into privacy settings after each update.

3.       Two-factor authentication

This form of authentication is avoided by many online users because it takes a few minutes and seems difficult. However, a two-factor authentication can help in increasing the security of an account by 80%. A single verification window can always be hacked by just knowing the password, whereas this method will help to get verification through two means – one through online and one through personal information provided. This ensures that the person trying to enter an account is the one who holds the account or not. Further, use of VPN to cover the original IP address of a computer can help in preventing others to know about the location and other information of an individual.

4.       Software Protection

Internet security always faces threats through malware and spyware. These threats are so common that one cannot guess that they are struck by them. Therefore, having an anti-malware and anti-spyware products installed in the computer can help in avoiding such security issues.  Fortunately, there are many of such protectors available for free and an individual can download the most reputed one for added security. Never click on pop-up windows or ads showing attractive offers as they are the best sources for breaching the firewall of a computer.

5.       Updates

There are many applications and software products that ask for updating; but, most people tend to ignore them because of the frequency of the updates. Although, it is a vexing job there is no other alternative than updating them in order to keep the system secure. Older versions of apps or software are left alone by the companies increasing chances for hackers to enter a personal computer. In addition, always accept an update when the application informs that it is about privacy and security issues.

By following these steps it becomes easy for an individual to protect the identity and personal information from going into the wrong hands. Further, with such settings and additions the system will also work well without any mishaps. 

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