Privacy. Something increasingly difficult to get nowadays. How to protect our privacy amid camera phones, stolen devices, computer intrusion…? It is not easy, I admit, but it’s not impossible. It depends on how and what information we want or not private. The Facebook, for example, does not force anyone to publish a photo accompanied by a caption that details the purchase of such car, which will be premiered on a trip to such a place, right? This depends on the good sense – and where each lives. But if you value and want to know how you can protect your privacy, here are some simple tips but very efficient. And bonus, tips directly from the FBI.
Simple Tips to Protect Your Privacy
1. Use password to protect your privacy in iPhone, Android, iPad and computer
If you have a smartphone or tablet knows the importance of the data stored on it are: personal photos, counted professionals, family and friends, spreadsheets, possibly with some details of what you earn and spend, anyway. Having lost or stolen device can represent a loss far greater than just the amount you paid for it. Hence the importance to protect it properly. The most effective way to safeguard your privacy, whether on mobile, tablet or computer is enable password protection. It’s annoying to have to type your password every time you use the machine, it is a time more than worth it to be “lost.”
The image shows the screen that appears when you use the iPhone. If the code is wrong, the image appears on the right
For those with Android, just go to Settings> Location and Security> Set up screen lock. The system offers a few options to choose from, but the safest are PIN or Password. But remember, if you lose the password, you will have problems.
2. Monitor your name with the help of Google
Google is often confused with the Internet itself, as if he owned it – and in fact almost all the surfers use to search for what they need, which means that the database now contains almost the entire contents of global network except the pages that block for possessing prohibited content such as pirated movies.
3. “Exit” from Facebook, Twitter, G-mail, etc.
Do not misunderstand me, did not mean for you to have privacy must not use any social network. The intention is to draw attention to something most do not: “quit”. If you will be away from the computer, or finished their time in Lan House, click EXIT, both in social networks like Facebook, and in your email. You cannot just close your browser. Perform “off”, so the next one will have to use the computer must enter a password to access the account. This is simple, but it can prevent a lot of headaches.
4. Create an alternate email address for the curious
You know when they ask for your phone and get rid of you pass the wrong number? Do the same with your email. Create an alternate address for people drawbacks and also to be used in records stores, for example. Can be Gmail, Hotmail or other free or paid service of your choice. Face your e-mail as their primary phone. Only share with friends or people related to their work, if it does not address specific professional.
5. Use two-step verification to Gmail
If you use Gmail, be sure to configure the two-step verification Google. Should be mandatory so important that is. You will get a code on mobile for login access.
That’s it. Something simple, but essential to protect your privacy. Now WARNING: if you are traveling and the battery of the mobile download, goodbye access. Remember this detail and do not forget the charger.
6. Protect your computer with encryption
Encryption is a technique that “scrambles” the data and only “unscramble” with a password. Imagine you use a password to access the Windows or Mac OS. If someone wants to break into your system can use a flash drive to boot and see everything, do not need Windows to access the information, since the same are stored on the HDD (HD). To make your data unreadable, encrypt your hard drive. And doing this is very simple. If you use a Mac, go to System Preferences> Security & Privacy>FileVault. Click Activate and follow the steps. Done that nobody else will have access to your data unless they know your password.
For native Windows option is BitLocker, this feature since Windows Vista (versions “Ultimate”).
Just enter the Start Menu> Control Panel> System and Security, and finally in “Encryption BitLocker Drive”. Now just choose the drive where your data (which you should already have a backup of course) and click “Enable BitLocker”. If you do not have this option, unfortunately your version of Windows does not provide this feature.
7. Control Your Privacy on Facebook
Today, Facebook is the most visited site in the world, so it is natural that you have a profile there. For your photos, comments and publications in general are seen only by your friends, click on “Privacy Settings and tools “and set the first option” Who can see my stuff?
8. Clear the browser history
You do not have a way to clear the history and cookies from your browser? It should. It’s a habit fast, simple and strongly recommended. Your computer will run faster and your data protected. If you use Internet Explorer go to “Internet Options” and check the “Delete browsing history on exit”. If your browser is Firefox, go to Tools> Options and click the “Privacy” tab. Leave unchecked the option “Automatically Start Firefox in Private Browsing” and check all the others, especially the last “Clear history when I close Firefox”. And finally, if you are a user of Chrome just go to Tools> Clear Browsing Data, select all options except the last two,choose “from the beginning” and click the Clear browsing data as in the image below.
9. Protect ALL your passwords using just ONE
Privacy and passwords are always related. To access the e-mail password you need to enter your profile in a social network you must enter a password to shop on the internet you need to fill out a registration form and choose a password. Be remembered for so many! What happens most often is the internet user to choose one and use it everywhere “to facilitate”. Therein lies the danger. If someone found it can make a huge mess in no time.
And one more warning: NEVER SAVE PASSWORD IN BROWSER. It is very easy to find them.
In Lastpass you must create a strong master password and need only enter it when you open your browser. From then on, the visit Facebook, for example, it populates the fields with e-mail and password and you only have work click Login.