As of January 2020, 59% of the population in the world had access to the internet. The numbers keep going up. Unfortunately, this connection comes with its fair share of risks. One of the most significant ones is the loss of online privacy. A lot of people who think they have nothing to hide do not put any conscious effort into protecting their data. If you use the internet for e-commerce, it is your duty to protect your private data. If it gets into the wrong hands, it may be used to steal your identity, blackmail you, or for other malicious purposes. Do not wait until the privacy of your online store is compromised to start protecting your information. We have compiled a list of things that you should know about online privacy. It may help you to protect your data.
About Internet Privacy
Everyone has some information that they would like to keep away from the internet. It may include your address, credit card information, and health records. Plenty of big companies such as Facebook track your activity and use your private information. They use the information to improve their services to you. This goes to show that lack of privacy is not always bad. Fortunately, there are plenty of privacy-friendly sites even though they may not be popular. Plenty of people confuse security for privacy. Even though they are similar, they are not the same thing. Privacy is when your personal data cannot be seen or accessed by third parties. It is about having the confidence to use the internet without fear of someone spying on you.
Update Your Apps and Devices Often
It does not matter whether it is your website building tool or your favourite music player; all programs come with updates. Most updates come with improvements to security and privacy features. Credible software providers like Optisign OMS are constantly making security improvements. Using outdated apps or devices may be compromising your privacy and security. When software or devices get old, they start to develop security flaws. When there is a new version of the software, you will get a notification from the software manufacturer. You have the choice of ignoring the notification or installing the update. It can be tempting to ignore the update hoping to install it later. That is not a good idea. It is advisable to install the update as soon as you receive it. Cybercriminals waste no time in identifying vulnerabilities and using them against you.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi Whenever Possible
Even though using public Wi-Fi may be convenient and sometimes inevitable, you should try to avoid it as much as possible. Your information is not encrypted when using a public network. This means that it is sent in plain text which can be very dangerous if it lands on the wrong hands. It increases your risk of falling victim to ‘Man in the middle’ attacks. Such types of attacks make you victim to whatever the cybercriminal may choose to do with your address. If someone manages to access the connection between you and a site, they can monitor your activity. Malicious people may distribute malware without your knowledge. This may lead to long-term problems within your system.
Certain tools make it possible to listen to your conversations, intercept your mail and access other personal information. It is also possible for malicious people to steal cookies and authenticate themselves pretending to be you.
Clear Your Cookies
If you do not clear your cookies, they remain on your computer as little text files which contain information about your device and browsing history. They ensure that you are not logged out from a site in case you need to visit again in the future. Even though they are convenient, they may be a way for your private information to be tracked.
If you want to improve your online security, clear your cookies as often as possible. Tracking cookies are the types of cookies that monitor your internet activity and report your activity to third parties. If that makes you uncomfortable, you should block all tracking cookies to enhance your security and privacy. Deleting cookies is not only great for privacy but also for improving the speed of your system. If your system is filled with too many cookies, they can slow it down and reduce its performance.
So there you have it: some of the important things you should know about online security. We hope that this information has been helpful for you.