Website cookies, browsing history and social networking posts may reveal too much information about you, but you can take some action and adopt some online services to increase privacy on the network. Simple tips, such as creating private profiles, using VPN, and preferring to send email over encrypted messaging services already reduce exposure to people on the Internet. Check out the following list for these and more tricks to prevent and prevent personal information from being disclosed online.
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Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a virtual private network that can be used over a public network, such as the Internet. To do this, you need to download a program to your computer or mobile phone (there are free and paid versions), create a login and password, and then access websites and applications.
When you access the Internet through VPN, your connection is more secure because all data is encrypted and IP is disguised, thus preventing third party attacks or species programs from collecting sensitive data. It is noteworthy that I need to be careful with free VPNs, as they can do just the opposite, and sell users' browsing information.
2. Protect IP with proxy
Proxy is a tool that alters the machine's IP, preventing its location from being identified. Anonymous browsing makes a possible hacker attack difficult. Although it looks like VPN, the proxy uses a less complex and different technology. This technique only "hides" the actual Internet access location, but does not encrypt your data.
Proxy and VPN are Internet browsing methods for those who want more privacy Photo: Pond5
3. Opt for encrypted email services
Some email services offer extra protection for messages, such as end-to-end encryption. Accounts can be created anonymously without having to provide numerous personal data (but this may vary from one program to another). Examples of software that offer this type of service are ProntonMail and Tutanota.
It's important to consider using alternate email, given the polemics in which Google has engaged Gmail with suspected reading of user messages to perform ad personalization.
4. Browse anonymously
Commonly used browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, offer the option to browse anonymously. As a result, tracking cookies are blocked, preventing the recording of information in the browser. The method is very simple to use and does not require installation of plugins, but each browser has its own shortcut to the function.
Annimo Mode – Google Chrome Photo: Playback / Fernando Telles
5. Leave social networking accounts in private mode
Facebook or Instagram public accounts may reveal personal information such as identification of relatives, friends, workplace or study. Therefore, the tip is to leave all social networks in private mode and only accept requests from friends. If you want to keep your profiles in public mode, avoid doing as much as possible to disclose personal information or post pictures of children, your home or work place. Also not advisable to give the famous "check in" on Facebook, indicating your current location.
Hackers gain access to your webcam something that does not occur only in episodes of the Black Mirror series. The intent of the scam is to spy on everything done to later use the information criminally. Therefore, in addition to leaving the device turned on only when using, suspect programs that require permission to access your webcam. In doubt, deny any kind of permission. You can check which applications on Windows 10 have access to your webcam.
Turn off your webcam webcam for more privacy Photo: Barbara Mannara / dnetc
7. Beware of open accounts
Whenever you access your social accounts, email or shopping sites, be sure to log out after use, thus preventing third parties from gaining access to your profiles especially when using other people's computers. If the browser asks if you want to record the password for any kind of login, it is always safer to opt for "no".
8. Prefer browsers that protect user identity
In browsers like Chrome, the browser saves user data, such as searches and websites accessed, to profile the person and customize ads and search engine results. Precisely to avoid this lack of privacy, some browsers have come up with the promise of providing more privacy by avoiding data tracking and sharing. This is the case with Firefox, which offers several security functions, such as password manager and account monitoring.
Firefox offers unique privacy tools for users Photo: Divulgao / Mozilla
9. Remove ad personalization on services like Google
When browsing the Internet with Google's browser, both your location and the history of websites you visit are stored on the company's server. Therefore, it is common to appear ads, including on social networks, which show precisely the product or service that was being researched.
You can disable this type of advertising. Google itself offers a tool that lets you manage what kind of information you can store. Just follow a few steps to prevent your data from being used for future ad serving.
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