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How To Protect Your Online Privacy
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When you put personal information online, you’re giving people access to your life. It’s one thing for Internet strangers to know what you like to eat and where you’ve been on holiday, but it becomes a security risk when they know where you live, what time you get off work, and where your children go to school.

You can do a lot yourself to keep your online privacy secure. Here’s how.

1.Think about the information you’re putting out there

Does Facebook – or anyone else, for that matter – really need to know when your birthday is, the number of siblings you have and what your relationship status is? Watch what you tell people online and what you put in your online profiles. The less details given about your personal life, the better.

2. choose the pictures you upload carefully

It’s much easier to find someone when you know what they look like and what their daily routine is. As tempting as it might be to constantly share your gorgeous selfies, holiday snaps and breakfast sets with your online fans, save them for your friends or photo albums instead – where you can control who sees them. This goes double for photos of children.

Save your photos for friends or photo albums instead, where you can control who sees them

3. keep your whereabouts on the down low

‘Checking in’ at places means people now know exactly where to find you – and if you’re an avid picture poster, they even know what you look like. As long as your loved ones know where you are (call and tell them!), that’s all that matters.

4. use a secure internet connection

Free Internet in public places like coffee shops, airports and malls is great, but it’s also risky because the open WiFi connection leaves you vulnerable to spying, information theft and even malware. Watching cat videos is probably fine, but wait till you’re on your secure home network for sensitive activities like banking.

5. turn on private browsing

Ever searched for a place to go on holiday, then go on Facebook and suddenly see ads for hotels in that area? These companies aren’t mind readers, but they are pushing targeted ads at you. They do this by gathering information on your interests based on your browsing history.

Every browser has an option under the Settings for private browsing, which opens up a new ‘private’ window that deletes any information on the sites you’ve visited after each session. Use it and keep your tracks covered; it isn’t perfect, but it’s a good start.

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