Easy Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

February 19, 2013

As a professional on-the-go who juggles several technology devices that contain your business information, you want to be sure to protect your devices. Forbes recently highlighted several ways to protect your privacy online, including: 

Add encryption to your computer: This would require you to use a password or encryption key to access the computer’s hard drive information. On a Mac, go to Settings and choose “Security and Privacy,” then “FileVault,” and select “Turn on Filevault.” For PCs, select Bitlocker. 

Use authentication in Gmail: If you have a Gmail account, turn on two-step authentication, which means in order for your Gmail account to be accessed from a new device, a code will be need to sent to your phone. If someone ever gets access to your Gmail password, they’ll never be able to access it from a different computer because they won’t have the code. 

Clear your browser history: Change your browser settings so that your search history and cookies are automatically cleared out after every session, and the amount you’re tracked online is lessened. To do this, in your browser’s “Options” tab go to “privacy.” Select “never remember your history.” 

Set up Google Alerts: Find out what is being said about you online by entering your name and variations of your name (be sure to put quotations around it). You’ll receive notices whenever the search engine finds your name or the alerts you set on the Internet. 

Source: “10 Incredibly Simple Things You can do to Protect Your Privacy,” Forbes (Feburary 2013)

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