Internet Privacy Checklist

Internet Privacy Checklist

 The Target and Neiman Marcus credit card hacking scandal keeps growing: and got everyone thinking about internet privacy and security, something we should already be thinking about. You need to protect yourself from spammers, hackers, spybots and identity thieves on your home computer, your laptop, your mobile phone and your tablet.

Following is a checklist of five actions you can take today to improve your internet privacy.

 Internet Privacy Checklist

 _____ Use Incognito Mode When Browsing: Control + Shift + P will bring up a private browsing window. “When surfing incognito, cache or cookies are not left behind to provide footprints of where the user has been,” according to WhatIsPrivacy.com.

_____ Install 2-Two-Step Verification of your Password: According to USAToday 2-step verification sends a unique code to your phone which is required for you to login on all or occasional logins.

_____ Download Free or Paid Security Software: Security software typically protects your computer against viruses and spyware that are installed on your computer without your knowledge. Some security software prevents viruses and spyware from being installed; others search for and remove spyware. Free security software includes:

  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • AVG Free Antivirus Software
  • AVAST Free Antivirus Software
  • McAfee Free Virus Scan

_____ Protect Your Cloud Data: Many users now store their data in free and paid cloud-based data storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud. To protect your cloud data from hackers encryption software provides an extra security layer. Encryption software can be installed by the user, but if you are considering a cloud based data storage system research their security strategy.

_____ Update Your Password: Experts advise that hacking users’ password is the fastest and easiest way to access their accounts. Many users use the same password on multiple accounts, use easy to remember passwords (1234567890), and very seldom change their passwords. Google suggests strategies for choosing, storing and updating your passwords:

  • use a unique password for each account
  • store passwords in a secret location
  • create passwords make of letters, numbers, and symbols
  • find a secret phrase only you would know

 For more information the following articles are filled with steps and tips to protect your internet privacy: 

 

Stay Safe Online!  

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