App permissions, updated passwords to browse in private mode, here’s how to ensure digital privacy

As we become more and more dependent on digital technologies and share information on social networks, banking websites and all kinds of apps, our privacy is a growing concern. So how do we protect our data? To begin with, we need to incorporate small but useful steps to keep the information we share on the Internet safe.

Here are some tips that can help you have a better and more secure online presence.

Check social media privacy

Our social media pages contain a lot of information about our lives, and while we may not realize it, this information may be visible to everyone by default. It is therefore advisable to regularly check your privacy settings and restrict them to people with whom you want to share information. Avoid making personal information such as year of birth and place of birth public. Such information could put you at greater risk of identity theft.

Browse in private mode

If you do not want to save your browsing data and cookies on your device, browse in private mode. These private modes have different names in different browsers. For example, the built-in private mode of the Google Chrome browser is called incognito mode. Surfing in incognito mode allows you to get away from someone’s speed camera by tracking the search history for the devices you use. However, it should be noted that these navigations in private mode are not completely private. Even when you are browsing in private mode, your Internet service provider can track your activity.

Keep your device up to date

Keeping your device software up to date will help protect your device from any external attack. Updates to security patches in the operating software allow devices to build resistance against spyware and viruses.

Don’t click on untrusted links

Links and messages from unknown sources may be spyware that could compromise the security of your device. Avoid clicking on links you don’t trust, as this could be a trap to lure you into a phishing attack.

Avoid sharing private information on public storages

Sharing private details about online services intended to share information may put your data at risk of attack. For example, using Google Docs or any other similar service to store your password increases the risk of data compromise.

Update and use a secure password

To secure your online presence against an attack, update your password regularly and use long, unique passwords for all the services you use. Use passwords longer than 12 characters and use both numeric and special signs.

Check app permissions

Mobile apps may ask for different permissions when you sign up. While some of these permissions are necessary to enhance your experience, some are typically requested to profile you for marketing purposes. Check apps and prevent them from using items they don’t need for normal operation.

(Edited by : Thomas abraham)

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