10 Tips to Maintain Privacy on the Internet
The Internet is a medium of communication very democratic: anyone can now create your space blogs, social networks, services like YouTube to manifest. But this wealth of possibilities requires care. Some of them relate to your intimacy. To help you with that,the DigoPaul displays the following some simple tips, but important for your privacy online.
Before, what is privacy?
Set privacy is far from being a trivial task, given the many possible interpretations. However, in the context of the theme aborted in this text, we can understand privacy as the control that a person has disclosure of information about you the same, in order to avoid that personal data end up revealing details very particular about your everyday life, to the point even exposing it improperly or harm her in some way.
Why should I worry about my privacy on the Internet?
What would you do if someone stopped on the street and wanted to know where you live, who your friends, what are the your favorite places, how much you earn, what assets you have? Are information very private and as the intentions of that person not are clear, you certainly will try to when you disengage it.
You are right, it is necessary to even act like that, after all, for persons or institutions with intentions suspected to have success in their actions, they need to get the maximum possible details about your “targets”. The problem is that in the streets we take care of it, but, not rarely, we deliver this information to the “hand lapped” in the Internet, without paying attention to the risks.
As if that weren’t enough, there is an aggravating factor disturbing: the that you reveal on the Internet can be accessed by a very large number of persons or organizations, regardless of the geographical barriers. So, you need to ensure your online privacy. Being so, let’s get to the tips!
1. Be careful what you publish on social networks
There is no problem in keeping a personal blog or pages in social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). But you should do it with common sense, avoiding to provide information that reveal the details sensitive to your life. In this sense:
A) Care to inform the places that you frequent
Today, it is very easy to make clear the places you are going by means of photos or check-ins on Facebook or Foursquare, for example. If you make a point to use these tools, search inform only public places that are quite frequented, such as shopping malls and parks. Avoid to check in at places reserved, such as ranches, private condominiums or the houses rented for a few days.
When possible, restrict the access to the location information only to its friends. In addition, consider to check in or post pictures when you are coming out of the place, instead of doing it on arrival.
Finally, when traveling, do not disclose the details of your script, to avoid that third parties can know exactly where you will be or by how much you will be away from home.
(B) does Not make clear your financial situation
Beware of ostentation in social networks. It is not a good idea to reveal the goods that you or his family has, as well as any other information that makes clear your situation financial. Criminals also have access to the Internet and, therefore, you can end up being a victim of burglary or even abductions.
(C) Has discretion with your photos or videos
The photos or videos that you publish on the social networks can also reveal a lot about you. So, try to avoid:
“Post photos that show the entry of your home or display any feature that allows you to identify it,guidance especially useful in small towns;
“In the same way, avoid posting photos that allow you to identify with the precise address of where you study or work;
“Show pictures of cars that belong to you or to the his family (remember the tip (B). If unavoidable, avoid show the license plate of the vehicle;
“To publish photos of relatives or friends without permission of these. It is not recommended to disclose images small children, but, if you decide to do it, at least avoid register situations that are easy to location, how to photos with a uniform that makes it clear in which school the child is studying;
“To showcase photos overly sexy or that will cause embarrassment in everyday situations.
D) Use the privacy settings of the social network
Depending on the social network, you can determine which information your contacts can access through the privacy settings. So, take some time to understand how these features work to limit the most important information about you only to whom he is intimate.
2. Don’t respond to provocations, intimidation, or threats
If you receive provocations, intimidation, threats or any thing of the kind in comments from blogs, e-mails, social networks, WhatsApp and the like, avoid responding. You may end up falling in the discussions unnecessary, damage your image, because of the words used or even leak private information for because of the tension of the moment.
In this sense, do not do anything hot-headed. If you do not you can ignore the issue, take some time to calm down and treat of the matter with more rationality.
If you feel seriously threatened, humiliated or harmed in any way, it’s recommended to save a copy everything and seek help from legal authorities.
3. Change your passwords periodically, especially e-mail and social networks
Although it is not an easy task, your password can be the discovery of several ways: by means of keyloggers (small software that capture everything that is entered from the keyboard), security flaws in the online service, attacks on servers and so on.
Believe me, situations like these are not rare. If anyone has interest in getting to know their habits and to get the password of your e-mail, for example, you may observe everything that you send and receive with no manifest. So, it is recommended to change your passwords regularly, at least every three months, since the new combination cut off the access of a potential attacker.
Also avoid using the same password for everything. If you register on a unknown site, responsible for that page you can use the e-mail address and password that you reported at enrollment to try to access your box messages. However, if you enter a different password in the registration, he will not succeed.
Another recommendation is to enable the two-step authentication service. Google, Facebook, Twitter and several other companies already offer this protection.
4. Do not send your resume indiscriminately
In the search for a placement in the labour market, it is common for people to send resumes for several companies. However, one should be careful with this practice, as that document says a lot about you.
When you send out resumes, do a search on the Internet to check if the company is suitable. If the company has to offer on your site service for curriculum registration, read the privacy statement to learn how your information will be treated.
If you have a personal page, also not it is a good idea to make your resume of the way detailed. Prefer to report their professional experiences or academic achievement. Transfer more information only when a company of interest to you get in touch with you.
Also be extremely careful with sites outplacement or pages in social networks social focused on this end, especially if you’ve never heard to talk about them. Many times, these supposed services apply the scam of fake job.
5. Beware of websites that ask for lots of information
It is common — even in sites renowned — the user attempts to sign up and find a huge form. If the company does not to make clear the reason why it asks so many data (and, generally, do not leaves), avoid registration or, if possible, fill in the least amount of fields possible.
It is necessary to be even more careful if the site requires information financial information such as credit card number, without both, you have the intention to buy products or paid services.
If you do not take care of the registrations, it won’t take much for you receive offers of subscriptions to magazines, card credit, and others in your e-mail or even phone. In addition also, there is still the risk of your information being passed on the SPAM services.
6. Do not believe everything that comes to you over the Internet
The Internet is full of rumors (hoaxes) and fake news (fake news), by so, you should not share or click on anything that comes to your e-mail, social network or WhatsApp, even when the the caller is a known person.
Content-type can contain links to malware or fake websites that passed for a new service or an online petition, for example, but only capture data. In addition, in the case of fake news, its simple sharing may cause embarrassment or inconvenience to you.
7. Attention with online shopping
Purchasing on the Internet is a great convenience, but also requires careful, after all, it is a process that involves not only personal data but also your money.
Give preference to online stores the renowned. If you find a the product that you are interested in an unknown website before you register and make the purchase, search for reviews on the store sites search or specialized services, such as the Claim Here.
It is also important to check if the shop offers a online privacy statement and is a symbol of a padlock to be displayed in the browser. If this does not occur, it is recommend that you do not complete the purchase because the padlock indicates that the site is encrypting your outgoing information, adding a layer of security important to the process.
Another important guidance: be wary of very advantageous prices, sites that not offer telephone service, the products with errors spelling in the description, the absence of information delivery and so on.
8. Do not add any
For someone malicious, just know that you is online can be a information important. So, avoid adding people you know nothing about instant messaging services (such as WhatsApp and Telegram), or social networks.
When you add someone that you know, but has little intimacy, is recommended to check if the service has settings that allow you to define which contacts can to have access to certain information from your account, like the albums of photos.
9. Quite careful when using public computers
You should avoid to the maximum to use services that require login from public computers (school, college, library, airport, hotel, etc.), but, if this is unavoidable, attention to the following:
“Avoid leaving files with your information on the the machine, for example, an academic work that has its data. In the case of very important documents, it is recommend the use of passwords, whenever possible. This orientation is useful even for keeping the information confidential in case you lose the external HD or the USB stick that stores the file;
“Make sure that the Internet browser is not programmed to save passwords automatically. If the browser (or the site) to ask if you want it to save your password, click Not or equivalent;
“After accessing e-mail services, social networks or any page that has login, use the link / button name Close, Logoff, Logout, Quit or any other that serves to terminate your use. It is not recommended simply close the Internet browser, since this can keep your login information for some time, even when in disuse.
“Currently, the main web browsers provide a way for you private browsing (InPrivate in Internet Explorer, Window Incognito in Google Chrome, and so on). It is a good idea to make use of this option, since the feature does not it leaves “traces” of its navigation, being especially useful on public computers.
10. Avoid public Wi-Fi networks
Wi-Fi networks are everywhere: restaurants, shopping malls, coaches, hospitals, shops and so on.But, the less you use these networks, the better. This is because it is perfectly possible to track or collect data browsing by means of them.
In addition, some public Wi-Fi networks require registration or check-in on Facebook. The data from these actions can be used for purposes obscure.
Not that it is necessary to be “paranoid” with the security and confidentiality of your information on the Internet, but every precaution is little, so keep informed and do not limit yourself to the tips given here.
It is important to not only take precautions, but also guide friends and relatives on the risks existing on the Internet, especially when you notice that someone close to you is exposing himself too.
These precautions may seem tedious or irrelevant, but are simple procedures and easily assimilated in day-to-day. Believe me: if put into practice, these guidelines certainly will help you to avoid disorders related to privacy.