In the modern world of interconnected networks and devices, privacy online has become like gold dust. As we get ourselves immersed into the deep blue oceans of the world wide web and social media, we have been greatly belittling the value of our private lives. We have become an addict of life on the net and we have been making some serious compromises with not only our safety but also the safety of our family and our loved ones.
The perpetual rush of sharing more online has taken control of our brains, more photos, more status updates, more videos, and ultimately more life for sharing. However, all is still not lost, and they’re a set of easy rules that you can follow to make your virtual life more-safer and less monitored.
Here is a list of things you can do to avoid being monitored.
It’s no secret that our experience on the internet is becoming more and more easy and seamless by the day, but the fact that things have become so fluid does not necessarily mean that they have become better. Every time we sign in for a new application or platform we are asked to sign in with our information and to save ourselves time and money, we end up using the already available, google or Facebook button to sign in.
However, this attempt to save a few seconds can be immensely counter-productive, when we log in to a website using our Facebook or Google accounts, we end providing an ample amount of data access to these platforms, who then sell our private data to advertisers for revenue generation. We are forgoing a huge slice from our private life to these big corporations who then indulge in information selling to advertisers.
Just like the log in extensions, giving away our personal email addresses to platforms will also lead to data leakage that can put our personal life in jeopardy, we are conducting a massive amount of our personal dealing through our mail. Hence, it is very important to not provide access to platforms that might misuse our personal data.
Equip yourself with the habit of not saving your
passwords anytime, anywhere. We are surrounded by a plethora of computing
devices that we use for logging in to our personal email and bank accounts,
saving passwords on a work computer, or a third party computer can have some
serious consequences on your private life. Bank account frauds and identity
theft frauds are a few of the horrific outcomes that can be triggered with this
One of the most common online mistakes that average users make while using the internet. We are guilty of furiously skipping past the terms and conditions part of every login and installation process ever. There is no shame in admitting that understanding the terms and conditions can be a real hardball for an average user, to save ourselves some self-shame we refrain from indulging ourselves from reading the terms and conditions properly and end up compromising a lot of personal data. The best way to get past this barrier is to look for keywords like data and security to understand the platform’s data and security laws.
Browsing information on sites that are not secured would lead to serious privacy jeopardy. We know it’s hard to not use the unprotected site, but one can always download a browser extension like a “free browser” that can deploy security on all the unsecured web pages that you browse.
Stop allowing cookies on any website that you visit, ever. Even if you have to allow then, then make sure to remove them manually under your browser settings. Cookies are parasites that get attached to your system and keep feeding off your accounts and sell the data forward to advertising companies.