There’s more sensitive information related to us online that we think. Now data itself is not a bad thing, but if this data ever lands into hands of a wrong person then they can basically hijack our lives if they want to. Our simple online behavior and browsing habits can be used to target specific information at us. This can done to either make us do a desired action or to make us think a specific way. So how to protect yourself online? Below are some things that you can do to protect your online privacy:



Encrypt your messages and calls


Your smartphone contains data that is very sensitive and personal to you. Your text messages and calls can always be intercepted by someone with an evil intention. To protect your messages and calls you can install apps on your phone that encrypts all this information. Signal is an app that does all this for you. It is so effective that Edward Snowden recommends installing this app on your iOS or Android device.



Use Tor


Tor is an amazing browser that is a must have if you want to protect yourself online. Basically, when using Tor your browser requests will bounce all across the globe which will make it very difficult for others to find your location and identity. One other advantage of using tor is that it comes with a JavaScript blocker that disables ads.



Use Two-Factor authentication on your accounts

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No matter how strong your password is, it can always be sniffed or cracked by the hackers. The only way to make entry into your online accounts fool proof is to use Two-Factor authentication on all your accounts. This basically means that whenever your account is logged in from a new device, the system will first send a text message to your cellphone which will be used to verify your identity. This way attackers don’t just need your password but also a physical device which makes remote hacking a thing of the past.



Use different password on different accounts


Most people use the same password on all of their online accounts. This way if one account gets compromised all the other accounts get in danger of being hijacked too. The only way to avoid this situation is to use different passwords on all of your accounts and use a password manager like KeePasX to keep track of all the passwords.



Cover your webcam and mic

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Although this is going a bit too far but you should cover your webcams and mic with black tape or some other opaque material. This is to stop hackers from snooping into your personal life using cameras and mic on your devices. With the current hacking capabilities and the fast internet speed, hackers can infiltrate in your network and use your webcam or mic to take snapshots or make videos of you without your knowledge. Even the CEO of Facebook covers his webcam and mic with a black tape. Now a person in his position is bound to make a ton of video calls for meetings and discussions. So putting a tape on his webcam can be cumbersome but still he does it. This is because our online privacy is very important. So, you better cover your webcam too.



Share with care


Ultimately it boils down to how careful we are when sharing personal and sensitive information. What people need to understand is that information is money and it should be valued exactly like that. Your interests, location, likes and preferences are all things that corporations pay millions of dollars to know. So, when using social media or other online accounts, you should only give as much information as needed. Don’t overshare!

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