5 more ways you can stay safe online

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Worried about cyber crime and hacking or just want to stay private online?

Following on from our previous tips about online security, here are 5 more ways you can stay safe online and help to enhance your internet privacy.

1. Make sure you use a safe browser

Google Privacy Policy

A good starting point is to check your browser security settings and increase the settings where possible.

Also remember that Google Chrome is linked directly to Google so this leaves a deeper footprint.

Using Tor browser is recommended as this wipes your tracks when you are online. Basically, the less history you have the better.

2. Be careful where you search

Google openly collects data on all your searches and this data is shared with governments and companies along with being used for their own marketing purposes.

An alternative is DuckDuckGo which doesn’t keep your search history or create a data packet about you.

3. Still using Whatsapp?

Whatsapp

Whatsapp has the world-leading encryption technology – the best that is available however as the app is owned by Facebook and Facebook’s privacy policy is pretty clear about the information it gleans not only from its users but also from any company which it offers joint services, such as Whatsapp.

This means that Facebook is tracking you even if Whatsapp directly isn’t.

Earlier this week, Whatsapp revealed it will start sharing your phone number with Facebook, raising privacy concerns among many of its users. To find out how you can opt out from this click here.

If you are looking for an alternative to Whatsapp, you may want to consider Telegram, although this ‘secure’ messaging service was also reportedly the victim of hacking.

4. Use encrypted Cloud storage

Cloud storage

There are lots of cloud storage providers on the market but ideally you want one that can’t see your information.

Servies like Wuala, SpiderOak and Tresorit encrypts your files on your device and then uploads it to their data centre.

As the files are encrypted each service is unable to decrypt them therefore making it more secure and private – although this security comes at a cost.

5. Be careful with social media

Facebook

Facebook has always been open with the amount of data it obtains on its users. However, this doesn’t make it anymore alarming.

The social media giant this week unveiled a new website which details exactly what personal information it keeps on anyone with a Facebook profile.

As well as the expected things like name, age, gender and where you went to school, it also knows the size of your property, if you engage in politics, if you plan to buy a car (and what kind/brand of car, and how soon), if you’re an Expat and where you originally come from, if you are in debt or if you are a “heavy” buyer of beer, wine or spirits.

There are 98 ‘data points’ in total that Facebook knows about YOU. Check out the full list here.

Facebook uses this data for advertising strategies and has huge amounts of information stored about all of their users.

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