Basic Internet Privacy

Internet privacy involves the right or mandate of personal privacy concerning the storing, repurposing, provision to third parties, and displaying of information pertaining to oneself via the Internet. Internet privacy is a subset of data privacy.

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Did you know your data is being sold to third party marketers for “Hyper Targeted Ads”? This could be your address, the YouTube video you just watched, what you just searched and quite weirdly, what you’re saying. If you want all this to come to an end, you’re at the right place.

Strong Password

I know, I know. You’ve heard this many times yet most of you barely use a secure password and you’re at the risk of having some creepy guy accessing your emails, etc. I know I wouldn’t like that. What you should do is make a password not related to you at all. Also, try to make these passwords unusual as possible and include numbers in between and try to make it long as you can. If you’re a forgetful person, use a password manager or write your passwords down. Also, do not answer security questions with real information. You can be easily doxxed and have someone access your account while you think it’s safe because you have your super cute dogs name as an answer to one of the questions.

2 Factor Authentication

If you don’t know what this is, it is basically a layer of protection and let’s say you’re signing into a website, it’s going ask for your password then additional security such as the code that was sent to your phone number, email etc. However, I do not suggest you use your phone number since it has been proven many times to be a big security risk. Instead use Google Authenticator, if you don’t have the option, use your phone since it’s better than nothing.

Web Browsers

Use any browser your heart desires. Just make sure you’re only using trusted add ons and extensions. Also, switch your default search engine to DuckDuckGo, a privacy based web browser, unlike Google, who loves to know everything about you.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

VPNs can provide you freedom, security and privacy by encrypting your web traffic, they can hide your real IP address, and they can allow you to access websites that might be blocked due to network or country restrictions. Almost forgot, stay away from free VPNs mainly due to the fact that they’re terrible at what they do and might not be secure. My main suggestions are NordVPN or ExpressVPN.

Social Media

Social media is safe, as long as you use it right. Don’t give out your name or location, not even your country. This will prevent you from getting doxxed and keep you and your secrets safe. Also, don’t talk to strangers, just like our mothers used to say. You can be tricked into saying specific information. Also, don’t talk in public comments, you don’t know who is on the other side of the screen. A tip for mobile users: don’t give apps the permissions they don’t need. Like, why does Snapchat need access to your messages, and why does Twitter need access to your location? Don’t post pictures of yourself either. Now, some of you may say something like, “then what’s the point of me using social media then?” Read the title of the article. Social media can invade privacy, so that’s why I included it.

Settings of Your Machine

Disable settings that allow apps to access usage data. Permanently disable location services and Bluetooth, remove unused apps, and keep a VPN on at all times. If you want even more anonymity, you can also switch VPN locations every once in a while

Written by Mortuus