It goes without saying the vast majority of people rely on the internet for just about everything. Our phones, computers, and even our “smart” TVs are linked. And if you work from home, you’re using the internet to connect. Although the web provides tremendous opportunities, it also leaves us vulnerable. We need to protect our privacy online – below are some important tips you can keep in mind.
Risks to be Aware Of:
- If you aren’t cautious (or even if you are), you could surrender confidential information to bad actors.
- You might provide the ability to track your online activities. This could be used as blackmail.
- Intellectual property can be at risk of theft or copying
- Compromising your online privacy can place your employer at risk.
Tips for Protecting Your Privacy Online
Use Two-Factor Authentication
For login security, use two-factor authentication – this means a successful username and password combination must be followed by another layer of identification. For example, you might receive a text message or email code to submit in order to complete the login process. Use two-factor authentication to protect confidential information, and don’t forget to change your passwords regularly.
Use a VPN
VPN means Virtual Private Network. This is a tool you can use to encrypt your online activity. Without a VPN, it might be possible to intercept the information you are sharing while in transit. With a VPN, you can conceal your IP address, conceal your location, and ensure all your confidential information is encrypted.
Get Rid of Unused Mobile Apps and Browser Extensions
Try to get rid of any apps or browser extensions you are not using. You may have programs on your computer or phone that have gone unused for a long time, however they may still be collecting information about you. These are an unnecessary security risk so delete them permanently.
Make Sure Your Confidential Information Stays Confidential
These are just a few of the most important tips to follow to protect your privacy online. Even casual browsing can leave you vulnerable to hackers and criminals, so take the extra steps to protect your online privacy and shield your confidential information.