How to Effectively Maximize Your Privacy on the Internet
If you’re like most people, privacy is a huge deal in your everyday life. You may have a home security system, and your car probably has an alarm to detect theft attempts. However, despite these efforts, you may not have considered the one place where privacy and security also matter a lot: the internet.
You deserve to have the same standards of privacy online as you do in the offline world. But right now, you don’t. It’s not your fault; online security is very easy to take for granted, until it’s too late. A startling number of people don’t take extra measures to increase their internet safety. But you can change that with just a few extra steps. Try these simple tips and tricks to avoid getting into trouble because of your internet habits.
Use a VPN
When you use the internet normally, your network is assigned an IP address. If someone gets that address (which isn’t that difficult to do), he or she can find out an alarming amount of information about you. Most sites won’t use that information in a shady manner. Instead, they’ll just use it to target their advertising to you a little more effectively. Still, it’s an important part of your internet safety and security, and there are ways to make it less of a weak spot.
A VPN, or virtual private network, disguises those pieces of your browsing history, making it nearly impossible for anyone to pinpoint you. Not only does it hide your IP address and allow you to change it at will, but it also makes your connection more secure. The technical aspects can be a little confusing, but the result is clear. If you want to make sure your browsing history and computer identity are as secure as possible, getting a VPN service is a good bet.
Adjust Your Phone’s Privacy Settings
You probably use your phone to access the internet regularly, which means it’s another potential security risk. Most people leave their phone’s privacy settings at their defaults. While that usually provides basic security, it’s rarely enough to make a difference. No matter what type of phone you’re using, changes to its privacy settings can influence your internet security.
A number of quick fixes allow you to give your phone a bit of an extra security boost. Just adding a password is a great way to ensure that people can’t get into your phone with just a swipe. There are also deeper privacy options, usually in the settings, that can help you stay more anonymous when you surf the internet or use apps. These vary by operating system, so make sure you do a little research on how you can optimize your specific phone’s security features. (Take advantage of the internet; a full how-to guide is probably out there!)
Keep an Eye on What’s Currently Out There
One of the easiest ways to enhance your internet privacy and security is to make sure you know what you need to change. After all, if you don’t know what information you have floating around, what can you do to change things? You need a way to see what other people can find out about you, and then clean up the things you’ve left behind.
The easiest way to get started is with a search on public records sites like PeopleFinders. Do a quick public records search on yourself to see what’s available, verify its accuracy and, most importantly, see what information other people can access.
Once you know what’s out there, then you get to work changing it. Correcting your public records info will entail going to the source–county courthouses, recorder’s office, etc.–but that’s just a slight inconvenience considering the impact wrong information can have.
The internet can be very helpful…if used in the right way. Without a whole lot of laws out there regarding the way the internet uses your personal information, you have to take things into your own hands. Don’t worry; it’s not as difficult as it might sound. Not everyone needs to see your personal information. And just by changing a few of your internet habits, you can probably cut down on a large amount of the information you share when you surf.
For more online safety and privacy tips, be sure to check out all the information available on the PeopleFinders blog.
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