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Keeping Your Private Information Private: Tips for Navigating Online

January 9, 2014

In this digital age it is nearly impossible to keep much of anything private.  With a couple clicks of the mouse anyone can find your phone onlineprivacynumber, transcripts, lawsuits, social media pages, and much much more.  In fact, at times it can seem as if we are the living embodiment of the book 1984 and that Big Brother is a very real thing.  Luckily there are ways you can protect yourself and your privacy while you surf the internet.

The first and easiest way to keep your information secure is to not put it out there.  What I mean by this is be very careful about the information that you post on your social media accounts.  For example, don’t post personal information on your Facebook page and assume that only your “friends” can access it.  These social media sites are easily accessible to everyone and information is easily shared.

Another important way to keep the information on your computer private is to keep your computer virus free.  You can do that by downloading anti-virus software.  AVG is a good place to start and if your goal is target adware and software than you should try AdAware.

An additional tip that I learned that I was totally unaware of was that the major browsing sites have a “private browsing” mode.  This helps not only keep your search history private to those who physically look at your computer but is also a line of defense against advertisers that can track where you go.  To access this private mode in most browsers simply hit Control + Shift + P and a private browsing window should appear.

There are very few actual just search engine sites anymore and instead are entire ecosystems.  One example of this is Google which also includes gmail, blogging services, and more.  The key to not allowing these large entities to gather your browsing stats is to make sure you are logged out of everything, including your email before you use their search engine site.  This way they cannot access your email information while you are searching.

These are just a few of the ways you can help protect yourself but there is a great deal more information out there that can help you achieve your goal of privacy.  This is a particularly helpful site.  Just remember that the less you put out there willingly the less that a potential identity thief, company, advertiser, etc will be able to manipulate and use.

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