How to protect your privacy on the internet—Three ways to start protecting yourself!
ST. GEORGE, Utah, January 6, 2020 --
The internet has connected people in ways that no other device has ever before—but this also makes the world a little less private. Here are some ways that you can protect yourself and your family when you are on your devices!
1. Cover the cameras on your phone and computer
This is becoming more and more of a must as we are allowing more apps to access our device’s microphones and cameras. This tip can also protect you if you were ever hacked by a perpetrator who would like to play peeping tom with your webcam. One way to prevent this is to purchase devices that will cover up items such as your camera on your laptop. It is also a good idea to cover up your devices’ cameras (including phones) while doing things such as changing or taking showers (Of course you need your phone’s playlist to pull off your amazing singing skills while taking a scrub, right?) Sounds a little paranoid? Maybe, but cyberspace peeping toms and remote recordings of images via electronic devices are not unknown to happen. So unless you would like the slightest chance of someone viewing your performance of “Single Ladies” with your rubber ducky and bubble bath, we recommend playing it safe. (Tip: For your phone, try putting something like a thick cloth or towel just over the area of where the camera is. You should still be able to hear your music without it being muted by the fabric).
2. Be limited on what you share on social media
According to the Times article, “11 Simple Ways to Protect Your Privacy,” by Christina DesMarais, one way to protect yourself is to not fill out your Social Media Profile information (2013). Things such as your birthdate, phone number, and workplace aren’t usually necessary to display. Even if you only have friends connected with you, your friend’s aunt’s creepy distant cousin Joe could still take a gander at your info, just because he has the same type of social media account. We agree with DesMarias--Just don’t post it. In fact, DesMarais put it this way:
"The more information you share online, the easier it’s going to be for someone to get their hands on it… The people who need to know your birth date, email address and phone number already have them. And what exactly is the point of sharing everything about yourself in your Facebook profile?” (DesMarias, 2013).
Well said. Well said.
3. Lock up your devices
Passwords can be certainly annoying, but they are necessary for your safety. Locking up your devices may be the best first-line of defense. According to the aforementioned article, making sure your devices are password protected is a must (DesMarias, 2013). DesMarias recommended to set up your computer so that it will require a password every time it boots up and that
“Not only should you use a passcode to access [your mobile devices] every time you use them, install an app that will locate your phone or tablet if it’s lost or stolen, as well as lock it or wipe it clean of any data so a stranger can’t get access to the treasure trove of data saved on it” (DesMarias, 2013).
It’s just always a good idea to lock up your devices. Thieves are usually looking for easy targets, right? Making it difficult to get in may be the difference between you keeping your device or getting it stolen.
There are many ways to protect yourself on the internet, but these three steps might be able to get you started. It is always better to play it safe than sorry. You may not always know what the intent of another person is behind a different computer.
DesMarais, C. (2013, July 24). 11 Simple Ways to Protect Your Privacy. In Time. Retrieved from http://techland.time.com/2013/07/24/11-simple-ways-to-protect-your-privacy/