5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

Quick, open up your search browser and enter in your name. Go ahead. We’ll wait… Surprising how much information is out there about you, isn’t it? And that’s just what’s on the surface. Most of what you see here has been gathered through completely legitimate ways. But it’s time to be mindful and even cautious about the way we access and behave online. Here are just a few quick and simple ways to help protect your privacy:

1) Use passwords for everything.

It may be a an extra step, but it’s one that’s worth taking. Adding a password to every device – computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. – is the first step to protecting your privacy. Not only should you password-protect your devices, but every account and even your important documents should have strong, unique passwords as well. A strong, unique password is one that uses both letters and numbers and is in the double digits in length. And be sure you don’t store any of your passwords on the cloud.

2) Secure your browsing habits.

Online activity is highly trackable especially on public wifi, so always make sure when you access accounts you are on your own private, protected wifi. If you must check personal or financial accounts while in public, switch to your phone’s data for a more secure connection. Some more ways you can help deter hackers include disabling JavaScript, turning off third-party cookies and using private browsing. Also keep in mind that email is not completely secure, so don’t send out sensitive data via email even when connected to private wifi.

3) Use a webcam cover.

If hackers can access your device, they can access your webcam. And that doesn’t just go for computers and laptops… any device with a webcam is at risk… that means your smartphone and tablet as well. The most simple solution is a webcam cover like this one. The SpySafe™ webcam cover allows you to stick and re-stick it on any of your devices without leaving a residue, and the soft microfiber can act as a screen cleaner as well. As a promotional product it works beautifully because it’s small, flat and extremely useful while offering a full-color imprint to show off your logo.

4) Protect yourself from viruses.

Your online privacy depends a lot on the security of the device you’re using. If your computer or smartphone is infected with malware or a virus, hackers could gain access and steal your information. To prevent viruses, it’s a good idea to install antivirus programs and always keep your software up to date. Also be sure not to download anything to any of your devices that doesn’t come from a trusted source because it could be a scam. This may mean being extra cognizant of emails and texts from someone you don’t know even if they appear harmless.

5) Choose connections wisely, and don’t overshare.

Scammers are sneaky! Not only should you be mindful not to download anything from a potential scammer, but also protect yourself against those posing as friends. Social media can be a hacker’s dream. While social media is a terrific tool to connect with family and friends, it’s important not to overshare personal information or connect with people you don’t actually know in real life. Adjust your privacy settings, choose connections carefully and be conservative about the type of information you share.

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