Let’s face it, there’s probably something that you do online daily that you know you shouldn’t but you do it anyway. From reusing passwords to clicking that button to remind me about the updates tomorrow we all tend to optimize our online lives to be as easy as possible. Here’s a list of 7 easy things to do to protect your privacy online.
1. Strong & unique passwords
This is a no-brainer. With the amount of services that we all sign up to these days, you really should be more careful of using the password that you use for online banking to sign up to a funny cat gif website. Security breaches happen almost daily these days and we all just give out our passwords to online services of which we have no idea who actually runs them.
Luckily there’s an easy solution and that is password managers. Just generate a random password for every service you sign up to and sleep easy at night knowing that they can’t break into your instagram account if your amazon password is compromised.
2. Update your software regularly
We all do it. Remind me tomorrow, snooze until this evening. But these security updates can fix vulnerabilities in the software you use daily. Even if you’ve started to use secure passwords but your browser of choice has a glaring security hole, that’s not going to help you much.
3. Create an online alias
There’s usually no need to give out your personal information when signing up to online services. When you’re downloading an ebook or filling out forms, ask yourself: do I really need to provide identifiable information? If not, just give them a fake alias!
Criminals can use tricks and small incentives to get your information to use for phishing attempts. If you’re filling out a quiz about your first pet and mother’s maiden name and have given them your email address this is probably a good time to change those security questions.
4. Two-factor authentication
This is a no-brainer. It might add a little extra friction when signing in, but if a service gives you the option to use two-factor authentication bu sending you a text message or generating a random number on a device that you own. This is an excellent tool to keep attackers our of your personal accounts.
5. Don’t save your billing information
Again, sites can be hacked. Saving your credit card information with your favorite online shoe store might sound like a great idea at first. But think of what can happen when attackers get their hands on your billing address, credit card digits and other identifiable information!
6. Use a VPN
Definitely a no-brainer when using any sort of public wifi. No matter if you’re at a hotel or a coffee shop, if you connect over public wifi, you’re broadcasting all of your online activity to anyone nearby. A virtual private network makes sure that everything you send over the network is encrypted and can even make it appear that you’re visiting websites from a different country; Excellent when you’re on vacation.
7. Burner mails
Many people don’t seem to realize that they don’t need to give out their email address to every online service they sign up to. On the internet, your email address is probably the thing that identifies you most, even more so than a name.
Burner emails are generated when you want to download an ebook or signup to any website and allow you to use web services without giving away who you are and revoking access to your inbox if your email address gets compromised. Sign up for Steamrant below and start protecting your privacy online today.