Here at Web and Rank we have emphasised the importance of protecting your online privacy over and over again. Software developers have created some pretty dandy applications that can help to protect your private data, but nothing is quite as good as good ol’ common sense.Below are some nifty tricks to add an extra layer of protection to your online life.
Ever Heard of Temporary Credit Cards?
Temporary credit cards avoid the problem of credit card fraud and over and repeat billing. Usually called ‘safe shopping cards’ or ‘gift cards’ they allow you to set spending limits, expiration dates and more. It means that you can purchase online without having to add your real credit card details.
Don’t Use Your Home Address on GPS Enabled-Devices
Many of today’s gadgets include GPS for a number of different reasons; to stay extra safe it is advised to never in put your actual home address on these gadgets. It is much better to input the address of a nearby landmark, this means you can get home but potential thieves will not know where your home is. Oh yeah, don’t use foursquare and turn off Facebook places!
Never Give a Real Birthday for Web Signups
Your name and your birthday is a unique code that you must protect at all costs. More often than not web signups ask for more information then they need; identity thieves can do a lot with just your birth date. Simple answer, don’t give your real birthday on these signup forms.
Be Sure to Activate HTTPS
HTTPS is a type of hypertext that provides a secure channel over an insecure network. On many applications there is a setting option to ‘always use https’, tick and save!
AdBlock Plus is Your Friend
AdBlock Plus is fantastic extension that blocks pop up ads when you visit sites. AdBlock goes further, it also keeps it users safe from known malware spreaders and sites like Pandora from hijacking your Facebook login.
Think for a Moment about Your Instant Messaging Settings
It always surprises me just how careless people can be with their instant messaging accounts. If you sign in on a shared computer remember to un-tick options like ‘remember me’ and ‘remember my password’. IM accounts also have some privacy settings that can stop strangers messaging you, use them if you want to be extra safe.
Use Multiple Email Addresses
Multiple email addresses helps with spam; use a special private email for close friends and family, another for business, another for web signups and lastly for purchasing online. On the odd occasion you need to give an email address but you don’t fully trust the site, in this instance you can create a temporary forwarding address using trashmail.
Store Password in a Dictionary
Password creation is never easy, finding that balance between easy to remember and difficult to crack is an annoyance. One trick is to keep a dictionary near your computer and store all your passwords in there.
Protecting your online private data does not have to be difficult, just a few simple measures can give you that extra piece of mind.