Privacy is something which is always precious and vulnerable topic for everyone, comparing the current growth in technology use of online mode has been increased in exponential rate. You can say as online shopping, marketing, investments or other daily activities. But ever occurred to you why and what is online privacy?
If you think having a phone with a password or using any app locks application can protect your device then you are wrong. Here are a few interesting points which you should know about online privacy and apply while you are online which is every time because you get offline not your data, it is online every time.
1. Make sure you are on a secure page
For visiting any site you require the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of the site. URL is the web address which is the source of the location of a particular site. The question arises how can I check or know whether the link is safe or not?
Any URL link you visit has a prefix “//www. ” where http stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol basically it is a link between you and the server but how or why this matters. The answer is many online fraud has been done by creating a fake page which just pops up on your screen and unintentionally you put your data thinking it’s the original site and you think it’s a secure but all your data is transferred to the person who created that temporary page and that person get to know all your private details.
Thus, the solution is whenever you visit any site look for “//www “here https stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. This means that the site already has been verified and is secure and safe to access.
2.Clear your browsing history
You might be wondering how browsing history is related to my privacy security but ever wondered how ads pop up and if you haven’t then observed that those ads are always related to something which you just recently searched. This means those ads were generated by collecting the data of your cookies. Thus to avoid unwanted pop up of ads it’s always wise to clear your history so that ads generation will be reduced, use software which clear the cookies and cache memory many apps are also available which does the same work. Else you might get caught in some fraud ads which ask for your data and you might end up in some problem.
3. Never Ever Use Free Wi-Fi
The Internet is something which we need every time but that doesn’t mean to be careless and to put your private information on risk. The most common threat which people face using public free Wi-Fi is Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack in which the hacker attacks to eavesdrop on your data and later the data is transferred from your device to site without your knowledge. The best way to avoid this threat is to not use public Wi-Fi or use VPN instead which is a virtual private network and it encrypts your information and then passes into or out your device while using public Wi-Fi. It is safe to use VPN but it’s important that one should know how to use it or the matter of fact that things like this even exist.
4. Give alternate Email ID while Registration
If you are just testing some software/application or visiting any site for information never give your personal or professional Email ID it would be more safe and wise to give an alternate Email ID because by sharing the Email ID you share your data and it would be better to use a fake name while registration and always try to keep your identities separate. Since it is talked about registration always use Two Step Verification to improve your security level and to secure your privacy. Two Step Verification facilities are available in Gmail, Facebook, and all the other social media apps, so use it to be safe from intruders.
You can also use disposable email address for temporary use. Here are some of the websites that provide these services
5.Custom browser over private browsers
Every browser has a private browser (In layman’s language incognito mode) but is it safe? Does it really helps or to hide things?
The answer is no, incognito only hides the browser history, cache memory, and cookies but it hides from your phone, not from the Server or the Internet provider it just deletes internet tracking records and basically all it does it to prevent others who use same device or system to know what has been searched. So if you were thinking using incognito is safe and can’t be getting tracked or fooled then it’s your myth. The solution is simple in general people are aware of very few browsers mainly Google Chrome, Mozilla, Opera etc. Instead, you can use some Custom Browsers which really helps and is better for privacy, try Epic Privacy Browser, Comodo Dragon, T.O.R. (The Onion Router) or Comodo IceDragon.
These are some list of things you need to take care of while you are online because privacy is something which is private to everyone.
Hope this helps you.