Nowadays, I have a keen interest and eye on what's happening in the online privacy world, and the people globally.
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Online privacy and personal data protection are currently as hot a topic as climate change. And as the main cause behind Earth’s dangerously dwindling climate, the onslaught on personal information and private data of global web users is also led by the giddy interests of corporate and political entities – led by none other than self-absorbed humans. So, it's every man for himself when it comes to securing their precious assets and PII (Personal Identifiable Information). To that end, here are five good secrets of protecting your online privacy and ensuring you are less-tracked by data-hungry entities. But before we go ahead, here is an overview of what should be protected and is identified as personal information:
Information That Should Be Protected:
- Email and communication (e. g. chats, messages, SMS, etc.)
- Web browsing and surfing
- Online financial services (e. g. online banking, payment processing, online purchasing, etc.)
- Social and cloud services
Now, let’s breakdown the secrets to securing your privacy online and protecting these PII’s.
Securing Email & Communication -:
Email and messaging accounts are one of the most valuable portals filled with our most sensitive information and communication. So, they are the hot targets of unethical hackers and data thieves who employ gruesome tactics to circumvent weak spots to seize the information. Apart from the default security applied by the service providers, there is one very effective method that most people overlook – hiding your email ID and contact info.
While your ISP and service provider will still have your details, but hiding your ID and contact info from everywhere else will significantly reduce the chances of spammers and unethical hackers sending you emails with suspicious links. Make it your habit to hide your IDs and contact info from as many prying eyes as possible – you’ll feel the difference yourself.
Web Browsing & Surfing -:
Another most effective way for you to be tracked online, but then, it is also unavoidable if you want to use the web. However, there is a method that can protect your surfing activity as much as possible and keeps you less tracked online. You should start using the in-built incognito or private browsing mode, which usually comes with every major browser these days.
Additionally, using a tracker and ad blocking plugins like Ad Block Plus or Ghostery can also provide a valuable extra layer of protection. But here is the real deal: disable all kinds of data sharing options from your browser. This is the secret of really protecting your surfing and browsing data with the developing companies, who might use this info for marketing and possible data selling.
Protecting Online Finance & Purchases -:
Online purchasing or using financial services (e. g. online banking, digital payments, etc.) directly relates to your money; the more you have, the more you should be careful. Whenever we use any financial service online, we give the web our login access to bank accounts or our digital wallet accounts (e. g. PayPal, credit cards, bank title, etc.)
While one can enable two-step authentication, secure login access, and or voice-authentication service, the deal here is to avoid purchasing with new services you never used – until research is done – and be wary of delicious “best deals.” The new retailers are not a threat, by meaning, but they should only be used after rigorous checking and research. Furthermore, the ever-attractive best deals should be avoided mostly, unless they come from the native site of a renowned seller you know and have purchased from previously.
Social and Cloud Services -:
Last, but not least, is the danger of social networks and cloud storage for personal data. More than half of the world’s population uses social networks of some kind, and nearly half around the world use cloud storage services for convenience. While using these SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) websites is not harmful, but if the providers are botched when it comes to security standards, then it is big trouble! And most of them have a shaky history, unfortunately. So, what is the secret of securing your privacy while continuing the use of data storage and syncing platforms?
Get ready to be astounded! Switch to cloudless data syncing platform, instead of cloud storage data syncing. Due to the growing pressure on securing online privacy, a new architecture has been at the forefront where instead of data storage on the cloud, a device-to-device data syncing module has been adopted.
So, to ensure that your data is fully secure and protected online, use cloudless data syncing services that save your files on your device and sync them across various devices you own. Emerging applications in this regard are FriendlySync, Akrutosync, PieSync, etc.
Saving, securing, and protecting your data online depends more on your proactiveness rather than counting on service providers. That is why you must keep yourself up-to-date with trending issues in the online privacy niche, as well as finding new and creative ways to ensure your private info is being tracked less and lesser.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Jibran Ahmed