4 Rules of Thumb for Protecting Your Privacy Online

    The internet is a great tool. Many of us use it for education, work or simply to keep in contact with friends and family. When not used with good common sense, it can leave our personal detail and identity at risk. Therefore, always employ the following basic rules of thumb when using the internet.

    Use Different Passwords to Manage Your Accounts and Social Networks

    These days you need passwords for just about anything. Passwords obviously serve a purpose to keep your accounts secure, whether it’s your online banking, social network profiles, your email or just about anything else you use. With so many to keep track of though, there is the temptation to use the same password for them all, sound familiar?

    The problem with that is, once a hacker or other type of cybercriminal worked out one, they’d have access to everything. So, it’s best, as confusing as it might make things for you, to use different passwords for each account you have online.

    Be Wary of All Mails and Notifications You Receive

    We are all used to receiving countless emails and notifications every day. As we have lots of different accounts, and thanks to the fact that cyber criminals are very clever and can create emails and other notifications that look like they come from genuine sources, but don’t, you need to be extremely careful.

    Limit Data Transfer

    Obviously, one of the main reasons people use the internet, is to exchange data of some kind. Whether it’s downloading or uploading something, paying for something – there’s a degree of data transfer involved. Data transfer, if you are not careful about it, can be dangerous to your privacy, so always make sure you are using a secure connection and avoid needlessly exchanging data over the net.

    Free Application Downloads, Access to Free Wi-Fi Services

    Be careful when downloading free applications or using free Wi-fi services because there’s generally a catch. The catch being that they are free for a reason and your privacy and safety could be compromised.