Browser Privacy Settings You Need To Know To Protect Yourself Online
Every person who owns a computer is very much concerned regarding their privacy online. When we browse the Web, it’s like we allowed a bunch of companies to implant a tracking device in our arm and a small camera in our head, tracking our every move and location. But there are few things you can do to maintain some degree of privacy.
5 Ways to Protect Yourself Online:
Protect your personal information: You should be careful in giving out all your information online, like your full name, address, telephone number, etc. They can be used to commit fraud and they can steal your identity, especially those people who are very addicted on online sites. Social networking sites, online shopping, job hunting, and other sites have already been a part everybody’s life. It’s important to make sure your privacy settings are set appropriately and that whatever you share online will not reveal anything of a confidential or financial nature.
Make sure to create a strong password on all of your accounts. When creating a password, avoid using obvious choices like the date of your birthday, your pet’s name, mother’s maiden name, or other references that can be easily determined. Create a password that’s not easily guessed by a computer or a human being. Use passwords with a combination of numbers and letters so that it will not be easily decrypted. Your email address should be kept as private as possible as well, because that also can be used to track your information.
Block cookies from third party and advertising sites: Cookies are very useful and innocuous, through this we don’t need to retype our username and passwords every time we log on to a site that we frequently visit. It will either temporarily or permanently store information on your computer. Below are the steps to be done for enabling or disabling cookies.
Safari Browser Privacy Settings:
Open your Safari browser.
Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Privacy.
In the Block cookies section, specify is and Safari should accept cookies from websites. To see an explanation of the options, click the Help button.
If you want to see which websites store cookies on your computer, click Details.
If you set Safari to block cookies, you may need to temporarily accept cookies to open a page. Repeat the above steps, selecting Never. When you’re done with the page, block cookies again and then remove the page’s cookies.
Mozilla Firefox Browser Privacy Settings:
Open your Firefox browser.
Click on Tools, and then select Options.
Select Privacy panel > Firefox will: set to Use custom settings for history.
Check the Accept cookies from sites’ box to enable cookies and unchecked it to disable them. If you are troubleshooting problems with cookies, make sure Accept third party cookies is set to Never.
Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored, and then click OK.
Internet Explorer Browser Privacy Settings:
Open IE browser.
Click on Tools, and then select Internet Options.
Click Privacy and select Advanced.
Click Override automatic cookie handling > Specify how you want IE to handle cookies from first and third party websites.
Be Cautious of What You Are Downloading: It is important to know and learn more about the content such us software, videos, music, etc. Before downloading it from the Web. There is a great risk that unknown content may cause your computer to crash or malfunction, because some of those programs may have ADWARE or viruses that is capable of reporting your surfing habits back to a third party company, and will be used to send you ads and unwanted emails, or what we call SPAM.
Watch Out For Scams: Think carefully before opening files, clicking on links, or watching videos sent by people you know. Such emails and links may look as legit, but will eventually lead you to virus-laden websites that can harm your personal documents and information.
Same goes to websites that offer you a reward or a prize in exchange of your personal details. Beware of files (especially executable ones) that were sent to you as an attachment via your email. Even if it appears to be from your friends or people whom you know, keep in mind that it may be harmful not only to your computer, but to your identity and important files as well. It would be better to contact the sender and make sure that it really came from them.
Protect Your System: It is mandatory to install antivirus software, such as Microsoft Security Essential, Norton Security, McAfee, AVG, etc. That will keep you safe from any harmful content and cyber criminals on the Web. There are lots of free antivirus programs that can do the job, though there are also paid ones that can provide better and more secure protection.
It is better to observe some precautionary security measures as early as possible to avoid any incidents of identity theft and data loss.
It is very important that we should know how to properly protect ourselves while surfing online. Our privacy on the Internet depends on our ability to control both the amount of personal information that we provide and who has access to that information. The practical tips and guidelines above may help increase your privacy online.
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