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How to protect personal information online?



                How to protect personal information? 

Is your data protected while you connect through the internet? Today the internet is a vital media that we use on our computer, mobile, tablet for various purposes. Technology advancement has given us liberty in our life and our lifestyle also changed accordingly. It’s also unlocked the chances of different types of threats which sometimes we overlooked. As an internet user, you should know how to protect personal information.

Here I am sharing with you those important ways through which you can protect your personal information; You should know whom you are sharing your information, storing and disposing of your personal information securely, Not to share your social security number, ask the question and validate the requirement before you share your personal information if at all you decided to share, appropriate security device must be implemented in your personal computer, laptop, mobile, etc. 

Your system can be compromised unknowingly with hackers while you were connected through the internet. Your personal information can be misused at any time by cyber attackers. Cyber threats can come from many sources for getting access to your personal information for their benefits. Day by day such cyber-attacks are increasing, For protection against such attacks, security controls need to implement to protect personal information.

Information privacy is a subsection of the greater world of data privacy. Privacy is concerned primarily with how PI is unprotected over the Web or internet, through tracking, data collection, data sharing, and cybersecurity threats. 

Whenever you visiting the website you are giving your digital details on the web, entering your details like credit card or debit card information or signing up an account, signing up your email account, filling out any online forms, posting on social media, or saving images or documents in cloud storage. 

By doing all those things you are releasing personal information into cyberspace. Your personal information may be shared unknowingly with others you don’t expect. You are putting your information may be at risk after using the best information security programs though may not be 100% secured. 

Five most important tools you should follow for data privacy from the internet. 

1. Use HTTPS, not HTTP:

Use https not http

When you're personal data flowing between your system through the internet using the plain HTTP protocol, that maybe monitored and stolen by others or malicious hackers, this called “man-in-the-middle” attack. Here you need the security and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) comes in.

HTTPS or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryptions. This encrypts information sent between a website and the user’s system. You should always check for “HTTPS://” or a lock icon in your browser’s URL bar, it indicates that the is secure and you should entire your personal information in this secure site only.  

2. Use Virtual Private Network (VPN) tools to connect :

VPN

Connect your personal computer, Laptops using Virtual Private Network (VPN) tools. You have to log into the VPN to connect after the connection getting through it will establish a virtual tunnel with encrypted data along with your IP address and will communicate through the VPN provider internet. It is safe and secure.

3. Cookies and web tracking.

Cookies the unique identifier data about the site that gets downloaded to your browser. Cookies do not contain any personal information or software code. When a website finds the data, it set in a cookie, it keeps the information about the browser which was contacted before. This is useful for things like keeping your login information for a site so you don’t have to enter it again. To track down your activities Cookies can also be used and capture your activity data and that can be shared with unwanted third parties associated with the site. So set your browser to delete cookies every time you complete the browsing or you can not allow cookies in your browser. 

4. Avoid Unsafely web browsing:

Avoid unsafe web browsing, install good anti-virus, and always update with the latest updating. Use the most secure Internet browser, like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge these two are the best secure browser. Always use licensed Microsoft Windows OS for the latest windows update. Microsoft windows defender also a good security tolls you can depend upon. Regular scan files with your anti-virus software before downloading. Don’t re-use passwords for multiple websites. Turn on your browser's pop-up blocker.

5. Be careful while sharing information on Social Networking Sites:

Never post your full name, Social Security number, address, phone number, or account numbers in publicly accessible sites. If you post too much information about yourself, it will be an identity theft for yourself, hackers can get access to your accounts, your money, and personal information. Consider limiting access to your networking page to a small group of people.

How to keep your devices secure?

Installing Security Software:

Installing security software

Install security software like anti-virus software, anti-spyware software, and a firewall. You can also enable windows defender as I said earlier as protection if you are using the latest WIN OS.  This software should be updated regularly. By installing security patches, you can enable protection against intrusions and malware.

 Avoiding  Phishing Emails

Opening a file from an unknown sender may put your system under threat. Virus or spyware can damage your system or captures your passwords or other information you type. Don’t open files, click on links or download programs sent by an unknown sender.  

Be Wise About Wi-Fi

Free WiFi

You should use a secure wireless network, so all the information you communicate will be protected. You should not use your personal information using your laptop or smartphone through a public Wi-Fi network in a coffee shop, library, airport, hotel, or another public place, it will not be protected as those public networks are unsafe. You should avoid such an unsafe network or " Free Wifi 

Lock Your Laptop,

Keep financial information on your laptop only when necessary. Don’t use an automatic login feature that saves your user name and password, and always log off when you’re finished. That way, if your laptop is stolen, it will be harder for a thief to get at your personal information.

Check the Privacy Policies of the site

Privacy policy needs to be checked, though it’s long and complex, the Privacy policy can tell you how correctly the site gets maintained. What is the policy for access, security, and control of the personal information it collects? How it uses the information, and whether it provides information to third parties or not. If you don’t find or understand a site’s privacy policy, don’t continue. 

Conclusion: You should be aware of those protection methods to protect personal information while connecting your device through the internet. 

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