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Deepen Your Privacy Levels Online Now
When it comes to the average person’s use of the internet, they are broadcasting everything they do with a virtual megaphone. From social media updates that are automated based on their individual search histories to posts about what movies they watch or when they take a vacation, literally everything that most people do on the internet can be tracked by someone with nefarious intent. The good news is that with just a few steps, you can deepen your privacy levels while you’re online to reduce the risks of being hurt because of your internet activities.
Get Rid of Bing and Google
One of the biggest contributors to privacy invasion is the use of the two major search engines on the internet today. Both Bing and Google track someone’s search histories and then use this content for advertising purposes. The easiest way to avoid this from happening is to avoid using these search engines altogether. Utilize DuckDuckGo or Blekko instead as they have stated they will not store search histories whatsoever.
Surf Safer With a Different Browser
The three major browsers, which are Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer, all track what you’re doing online through the storage of cookies. Even if you clear your cache routinely, the information is still logged. Firefox and Opera both limit the information about you that is shared with vendors, but if you want a higher level of privacy, Tor is your best bet. Though Tor can’t stop all privacy invasions, it will prevent people from finding your location or the sites you visited.
Use E-mail Encryption To Provide More Secure Communications
G-mail or Outlook both are very popular e-mail services, but both have one issue: the contents of the e-mails sent using these services is very easy to break into and read. There are several programs and servers that will add another layer of security to the e-mail process, though all organizations must provide e-mail contents when presented with a court order or subpoena to do so.
Subscribe to a VPN
A virtual private network creates a digital tunnel that goes to a different server. What this does is it shows your usage of the internet as if you are a different user. VPNs are almost 100% secure, because nothing online is absolutely secure, allowing you to have a level of privacy that other users just can’t obtain. You can then increase this level of security by varying the locations of where you log into the internet.
What Changes Could You Make?
If there’s one rule to follow when it comes to having a computer that is connected to the internet, it’s to encrypt everything. Make sure your HDD is encrypted, keep files off-site if possible, and tie everything up into one password that is impossible to figure out just by looking at your social media profile. When you take these measures, you’ll be able to deepen your privacy levels in this growing global community, and that outcome is well worth the efforts you may need to take today.