In this era of information, information is the thing more valuable than anything else. And our privacy is something which comes in the highest priority. So, in this article I will be telling your 9 privacy settings on the internet you should do right now.
What is privacy and how is it important?
For, those who don’t know what privacy is? Privacy is our right to control how information is being used, processed, stored, or shared about us.
Now, think of a scenario you uploaded your phone-number or photo on Facebook and you started getting spams from an unknown number or having to lots of advertisements via messages. What will you do in this situation? Unfortunately, you can’t anything. But, where the problem started? This all started because you share your phone number publicly on the internet.
So, what are privacy settings and techniques, will help us to fight this issue?
1. Social media privacy settings
Social media like Facebook and Instagram explains so much about us to anyone on the internet. That means your information may be exposed to strangers. So, I recommend you check your social settings. Also, it’s all about on you what can you share with complete strangers. But we recommend you to have a secure profile.
- One common mistake that a lot of people do is their phone number. So, never expose your phone number on social media.
- You should also hide your personal family details, because somewhere it may hide sensitive info like a password.
- Limit your audience in FB privacy settings.
- Control tagging.
- Remove access to third-party help.
- Every time don’t forget to remove your activity date or hide.
If you want to know more about Facebook privacy settings, just click here
2. Never use public cloud storage to keep private information.
There are so many people who share the file with their other account to keep a backup online. Since social media like sites often don’t set any limit on storage usage. For example, Facebook or instant is not ideal place to store your bank card details. Or Dropbox is also not an ideal place to store your passport details etc. Until and unless the information is saved in encrypted form. This is tip no. 2 of privacy settings and I will say that, don’t leave this work tomorrow.
3. Use a password on your phones and computers.
Our phones and computers contain lots of personal or private information about us. So, we should use a password to lock them. The password of your phone and computer will not be so complex. Just use a pin password or biometrics if your system allows. This will help you to keep random people away from your phone. Also, don’t forget to turn your screen off as you stop using the phone.
4. Use secure passwords!
Tip no. 4 is always keep a secure password. Now what kind of password you should set? Passwords should be long enough, have one or more special characters, also a mixture of both(U&L) case letters, And at least some digits. But what most of the people do, they just set a simple password for the ease of access. But this might become a reason for a bad day in your life. Nobody wants that their account got hack and used for illegal purposes. So, just don’t a password on the name of your friend or dog and if you are doing so, read first privacy settings 2nd point again tip again.
5. Disable lock screen notification
Many people usually lock their phones and don’t turn their lock screen notification off. In this case, setting a long secure password will of no use. Because a random person still can see your messages and other notification. To keep these notification showing on the lock screen go to the settings and search for ‘lock screen notification’ and disable that option or customize as you want.
6. Review apps privacy permissions.
When you install a new app on your phone, you see many pop-ups asking for different permissions. These are the app permissions or the data which you allow sharing with that app. And indeed many of the apps do not require so many permissions but still, they ask for it. Now, once allowed these apps can access your local data, phone number, camera and microphone, and even your geolocation. And in the worst scenario, your data can be used to sell to other companies or marketing purposes. But the good this is you can control these app permissions easily. Simply go to,
settings>apps>”pick any app”>permissions.
Here you can review what app required what permission. Like a messaging app will need to access your contacts and internal storage in case of sending a media. It may not require any permission for the location. Similarly, you can review all third-party apps and their permissions.
7. Evade tracking privacy issue
When we visit a website our browser discloses some of our information on that website. And marketers can use this information to target ads. Even incognito mode can’t solve this problem. So, you may need to have a good and secure browse. I will recommend the tor browser or even use a secure VPN.
8. Don’t expose your main e-mail address
Today our e-mail is our identity on the internet and e-mail often contains very sensitive information about us. And sometimes we have to sign in to different websites and apps in order to use them. As a result of spam, boxes are always full. So, instead of giving your main email ID everywhere, you can use any disposable mail service like tempmail, 10minutmail, etc. Because you don’t really need to share your e-mail everywhere.
9. Stay private on public WiFi
Public WiFi is like hotspots for hackers. So public WiFi is not secure. Why? They usually don’t encrypt traffic and so many people are usually kept connected to public Wifi so anyone connected to the same network can easily perform Man in the middle attack. And sniff you easily. So at such a place never use your details like atm cards, login passwords, UPI PINs, etc. And always use a good VPN and also a good browser like tor which is now available for mobile also.
These are our 9 privacy settings on the internet you should do right now. After doing this all stuff you and your privacy will be secure by 60 to 80 %. And if you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact us.
Reference source: Kaspersky daily
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