How to Protect Your Online Privacy Settings


online-privacy-settingsPersonal privacy is very essential, especially on internet. This is given by the fact that there are scrupulous individuals who are always looking for your information for their personal greed. Personal information should only be shared with consent; otherwise, it should remain secret when browsing online. On the other hand, companies are on the forefront to get your details to use them in their ads without your consent. It has, therefore, become common observation that privacy is a rare commodity. To protect your privacy as much as possible, the following tips may be very helpful in the long run.


1. Block cookies on the web browser

As you browse on internet, data points are collected from the site you visit. As time progresses, these data points are condensed into digital profile. As there are no laws preventing firms accessing these profiles, normally, they are used to gauge public opinions about products. To avert this, it is important to delete cookies such as passwords or user IDs, thereby minimizing the information leakage.

2. Use the alternative email address

Sometimes you may come across a webpage that requires your subscription in order to access information that page. This is a loophole where your personal privacy can be intruded very easily. It is for this reason that you should never use your common email address, but instead, use an alternative email address. This will prevent spammers from accessing your profile as well.

3. Avoid sending important information and using crucial passwords on public PC

It is with strong emphasis that you should never send important emails or sensitive information using public computers. This is given by the fact that many administrators monitor these computers, thereby compromising your privacy. Additionally, you should be careful when using very important passwords such as credit card and social security numbers when using public computers as well. Hackers may get all your personal details with passwords, thereby making any transaction without your consent.

4. Avoid using real date of birth- especially on the social media sites

It is a common practice that date of birth is required in most social networking sites. Sorry to say, hackers normally use such details when they are starting their craft against you. At the end, you will think they are genuine people want to help. Many people have fallen victims of such cases simply because they use their dates of birth. It is, therefore, important not to use all of them or some of them

5. If you do not use it, disable it

Nowadays, geo-location services are rampant especially when browsing using smart phones and mobile apps. The regular tagging of a person’s location is a remarkable threat. Therefore, if you aren’t using geo-locator on your smartphone, it is high time to disable, or you will suffer a lot eventually.

6. Privacy Settings

It is a common observation that privacy settings are always changing. It is important to update your settings on your browser in order to protect your privacy while online. Additionally, you should avoid posting very sensitive or personal information on internet, because privacy doesn’t really exist.

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33 thoughts on “How to Protect Your Online Privacy Settings

  1. This is so helpful! I have been reading so much about the information that gets leaked out and compiled into massive databases in across the U.S. (and probably worldwide) that it’s got me paranoid sometimes. Thank you for the advice!

  2. I have an old email address that I created when I was in high school. This is what I share whenever I want some info but they insist on having some information. Since I never use that for anything but spam, I don’t worry about the info in it.

  3. I knew that companies tracked my internet browsing, but wasn’t sure how to stop them from seeing it. Thanks for the notes about blocking cookies since I’ll be setting that up to help me be stealth.

  4. My biggest problem is with social media privacy settings, especially facebook. I feel like they are constantly changing their privacy stuff and my account is always defaulting to the lowest privacy setting.

  5. Online privacy is SO critical to maintaining your identity; I have heard the horror stories of how terrible someone’s life can be after getting identity stolen! Thanks for the tips!

  6. Hah! I’ve never even considered using a different date than my actual birthday; that’s a pretty good idea! I’ll definitely have to keep a close-watch on my information that I enter into sites that could have increased risk of having breaches in security. Thank for the help!

  7. I try only using the apps and extensions that I frequently find myself needing. Disabling certain things you don’t need will help you manage and delete private information you want to keep safe. Thanks for the tips!

  8. I’ve read about this topic quite a bit more, recently, because of the information that is seemingly being unconstitutionally pulled from databanks across the U.S. Thanks for the tips on privacy!

  9. Online privacy, in my opinion, is a bit of an oxymoron–not exactly a WHOLE LOT of privacy when we’re on things like facebook, twitter, foursquare, circle, google, etc. because they are constantly trying to grab location data from us. It started out being a good thing–to help us optimize our searches–but I fear it has/will stray away from that and lean more towards deceptive uses. I ceratinly hope for the best though. Thanks for the post.

  10. I was taught to just delete my cookies and cache… I’m sure there are much more intricate ways of stripping personal information from someone these days. Bring identity thieves to justice or just figure out a way to keep your info secure!

  11. Does anyone know if I should choose to NEVER remember passwords or if it’s ok to remember them on certain sites? Also I’ve heard that being on a certain type of network can affect how well a hacker can retrieve personal data.

  12. There is so much to think about when it comes to keep your privacy on the internet that it makes my head spin sometimes. Thanks for sharing some easy tips to follow that will help keep my privacy.

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