Recently there have been some massive data breaches. Recently, the Cambridge Analytica was involved in a scandal whereby they were found culpable of scooping private data of 50 million Facebook users without seeking their consent. Even Facebook, a social media giant, could not protect the data of its users thus proving that no one is responsible for your privacy online. Cambridge Analytica’s scandal was just a tip of the iceberg. However, you can take control and improve online privacy, and here we explore how you can exactly do that.
1. Review your browser extension and permissions for mobile apps
Mobile apps always request permission to access your files, contacts, geolocation, and camera among other features. Once you allow these apps permission, you’re profiled and your data may be given out to third parties for marketing purpose. However, you can control the apps, which you give permission and review apps given permission to prevent these apps from harvesting your data. If you don’t need the browser extension, never install them.
2. Review your social media privacy settings
Social media such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram among others have so much information about you, which could be visible to everyone by default. It’s, therefore, advisable that you review settings in all your social media accounts and decide which information remains visible to people.
3. Change your password strategy
Using the same password in multiple accounts you have or using a password that is easy to guess lightens the work of a hacker. It’s important that you use a password that’s not easy to guess. Each account with your valuable information should also have a unique password that may not be easy to crack.
4. Secure your web browser
Your online activities generate cookies and trackers, which portray your digital profile. These can be exploited in many ways; marketers may use such information to bombard you with annoying ads that pop up every time you’re surfing. To avoid this, you can use private browsing in antivirus such as Kaspersky Internet Security or learn how to secure your privacy in chrome.
5. Protect your privacy on Wi-Fi networks
While using public Wi-Fi, anyone can monitor your traffic as it’s not encrypted. Ensure that you avoid public Wi-Fi, and if you’ve to use it, make sure you use a secure VPN connection in order to encrypt your data.
6. Use third parties to check your status
Some online services, for example, BreachAlarm let you know whether your data is part of a stolen information. They search for your email address in database leaks and scrape databases of stolen information. Therefore, use such services to know the status of your online privacy and act appropriately if it raises a red flag, for instance, change your password.
7. Avoid sharing your personal email and phone number
By sharing your email and phone number, you’ll receive tons of spams and robot calls. Therefore, avoid sharing your personal details. If you have to, buy another SIM card and create another email that you can share where you may be required to share your details online.
8. Make sure your computer and phone are password protected
Since phones and computers are storage devices for most of your data, it’s important to secure with passwords. Doing so will keep off people from easily accessing your devices.
The above measures can help you protect your data and improve your privacy online . Although you may not secure your privacy fully, you can always improve it.