As the year’s go on and more and more people turn their daily lives into internet soap operas, the ever growing list of what is considered a data breach and casualties continues to widen from marketers tracing every step you take online to photographs being pillaged on social networks.
There are however tactics that can be put into play to give you control over your data and better protect your privacy online. Let’s run off a checklist to see if you are equipped to secure yourself from the dangers of the internet.
Social Media Privacy
You may not realise the amount of information that social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram collate about yourself. Information can be gathered from such arenas as where you like to eat to where you like to run on a daily basis.
Surprisingly most people are not aware of what they post being able to be viewed by people outside of their close friend circle. Sometimes it is visible to everyone on the internet. It is strongly suggested that regularly checking your privacy settings to see what is shareable to complete strangers over just your friends. Simple platform updates can knock your settings to allow aspects you don’t want sharing to become viewable to people you would rather not.
Avoid Public Storage for Sensitive information
Simply put you should not utilize online services built for sharing information to store private data.
Google docs may seem like an ideal place to save a list of important passwords and numbers but the risks involved should your account come under attack from a hack that compromises your everyday life and financials. Dropbox is another avenue you should avoid storing confidential sensitive data, including but not limited to any passport scans that you create for ID purposes.
Whenever you surf a website, your browser is disclosing information about you and your internet history.
From there, marketers use that information to build a profile on you and target you for ads which incognito mode cannot prevent. There are however ways to combat by utilizing specific tools such as an internet security app that privatises your browsing and avoids tracking.
Be sure to read up on any such package or app to its levels of success and if there are any complaints about compromising data in its history.
Distance your email and phone numbers
Sharing your email address and phone number is the prime reason for the tons of spam in your inbox and those pesky robocalls you receive.
There are situations where sharing has to be undertaken with internet services or online stores, but don’t share on social networks as they will obliterate you with every kind of email offer imaginable.
Instead, create a separate email account and a possible separate phone number for these instances. By purchasing a separate SIM card for online shopping etc that can take the brunt of these social marketers leaving your business and personal free from abuse.
The majority of messaging apps use encryption as standard, but this can also be encryption in transit.
What that means is that messages are decrypted on the provider’s side and stored on their servers. These can still be hacked with effort. Choose end to end encryption so that the provider’s themselves cannot see the conversations.
WhatsApp is a great example of end to end encryption, whereas Facebook Chat does not offer end to end encryption.
For further information on how to protect data online and to join in seminars about the growing need for data protection online, join the talks with Whitehall Media today.