I’m writing this post on Tips to Maintain Privacy on the Internet as part of an ambassador program with F-Secure Freedome.
Technology. It’s both my best friend and worst enemy. And since I live on social media for a living, I have a love hate relationship with it. Since the world wide web is directly related to my paycheck, I think about privacy on the internet a lot. And you should too.
Here are some tips to maintain privacy on the Internet.
Don’t use random Wi-Fi. I’m not talking about when you’re at Target or Starbucks, but rather piggy-backing on someone’s Internet. First of all, it’s illegal, and second, you don’t know if it’s secure or not. Tip: If you’re able to use another person’s hot spot or wi-fi, it’s not secure.
Password-protect your smartphone and set it so it automatically locks after a certain amount of time not in use. Make it that much harder for someone to use your phone if it falls into the wrong hands.
Choose your password wisely. Never use the same password for multiple accounts. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters whenever possible. Some operating systems (like iOS) have password managers you can use to securely store your passwords. Do not use “password” or “12345” as your password. If you manage a website login, do not use “admin” as a username.
Set up a Google alert on your name so you know what’s being said about you online. Start by heading to google.com/alerts. Put quotations around your name so search engines look for your name specifically.
Social media sites change their privacy settings ALL THE TIME. So make it a habit to check them periodically to see if you need to make any adjustments. Speaking of social media, be mindful of what you share, the Internet is forever.
In addition to doing all of those things to help maintain privacy on the Internet, I’ve also been checking out F-Secure Freedome. It helps take my privacy one step further and takes care of those pesky little hackers I can’t control.
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