You literally can’t escape the internet these days. It’s moved way beyond just sitting in your home computer and moved to encompass every facet of our lives. From our phones and television to bank accounts and calendar, everything we do is on the internet. What are you doing to keep your information private? Having all of your information sitting in the World Wide Web makes it prone to hackers and viruses. You need to keep yourself protected.
Here are important facts that you need to know about internet privacy.
- There is no such thing as private on the internet. You can keep yourself password protected, but some server somewhere is holding onto the password. If something fails, your personal information can get out.
- Think of all emails as public information. There have been a number of emails hacked through the years. The results have not been great. There have been several cases of women who emailed sexy pictures to a significant other having their pictures stolen and published online.
- Even deleted emails still exist. You can try to delete them, but the fact that they were on a server somewhere means they could easily still be hanging out somewhere.
- More privacy equals more checkpoints. As a result you will have to do more checkpoints in order to get to the internet, so you won’t have the convenience that you could be used to.
- Ultimately you are trusting someone somewhere you don’t know. All information on the internet is stored somewhere, so even if you are not aware that you are doing it, you are trusting someone with your information.
- Once the information is out there, you can’t get it back. It is nearly impossible to completely remove a trace online once it has been posted. You can try, but there are so many routers and servers than information goes through that even if it was deleted in one place there could still be a trace of it out there.
- Advertisers make money from tracking you. Advertisers want to know as much about you as possible to get you to make a purchase. They will want to know what you are looking at online to show you the products that best suit your personality and get you to become a customer. Cookies are the big thing that lets them do it. Some sites won’t even let you look at their content without having cookies turned on.
- Always watch your bank accounts and credit cards. Since everything is online, that includes bank information. So if someone hacks into the bank’s system, your information and money is compromised. This can also be a worry if you make online purchases because then you have manually entered your credit card into a computer and cannot be sure that it is safe.
- Don’t give personal information if you can avoid it. Don’t give your name, address, birth date, phone number, or email address if someone is trying to get you to sign up for something. Pseudonyms are the safest route if you can get away with it.
- Spyware is a real thing. There are countless amount of spy software out there that can be downloaded onto your phone, letting you be tracked without your knowledge or consent. Because they are marketed as tools to help keep track of your children, they come off as legal, but that does not been they are used legally.So, what can you do? Be smart about what you do online. Only shop with well-known online retailers, don’t give unnecessary information. Be smart. There is no real way to escape the internet and still be part of modern society, but think about what you are putting out there.