Privacy on Your Computer – Are You Secure?


It’s really important to be aware of the privacy leaks that can occur when you are mindlessly or even mindfully mulling around on your computer.  Make sure that you take the time to keep your personal information as private as possible.  Here are a few simple tips to keep your personal information private.

1)  Use complex passwords – add symbols, numbers and lower and upper case letters, 8 digits or more are best. Mix them up – do not use the same passwords for several accounts and don’t keep a hard copy password list where others may access it.

2)  When accessing any account online go to the customization options on your browser and click “new incognito window” – this simple step with prevent your browser from keeping track of this information on your computer. (Information that is stores in your cache to make it faster to load the page the next time you access it.  By using an incognito window, you will add another layer of security when logging into these sites.

3)  Make sure that you log out of Facebook, Twitter and any other social media sites that you may frequently visit – especially when on a shared computer…and check your security settings from time to time to make sure they haven’t changed things and allowed accesss to information that you thought was private.  While we are at it – don’t put your complete birthdate or allow access to any other private information to anyone friend or not.

4)      Privacy and security statements are long (to say the least), and most of us have mindlessly checked the box when registering at yet another website.  You may wonder if anyone actually reads them.  Statistics say 1 in 10 do. At the very least, you should skim them to see what you are allowing by checking that box that you AGREE.

5)  Put Passcodes on your computer, smartphone and any electronic device that allows for one. This adds an extra level of security if your device falls into the wrong hands.

6)  If you have an uncommon name, you may consider putting a Google alert on your name.  By doing this you will get a notification when something is said about you on the internet.  If your name is Bob Jones, however, this may not be very helpful.

7)  If your computer is used by several people, clear the cache when you are finished for the day. This keeps others from accessing the sites you have visited recently on the web.

Most of the tips presented are pretty basic Privacy Procedures – but worth a second look.  Keep your information secure online to prevent privacy breeches from occurring.

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