Better protect your privacy online

In a recent article from The New York Times, researchers guesstimate “it would take about a month for Internet users to read the privacy policies of all the websites they visit in a year.” To help protect yourself and your privacy there are a few things you can do to “muddy your tracks on the Internet.”

As most of us know, the Internet can be a dangerous place. While you might think your emails, chats and Google searches are private, there is a real possibility all this information is being stored, analyzed and used to create a profile about you that is then sold to data brokers, advertisers, employers, etc.

While hackers are an ever-present threat, security experts and privacy advocates believe “more worrisome” are Internet service providers, search engine operators, e-mail suppliers and website administrators.

Here are a few tips you can take to better protect your privacy:

  • Log off sites like Google and Facebook as soon as possible and do not use the same provider for multiple functions.
  • Consider lesser-known email providers or register your own domain with an associated e-mail address. Or taking it a step further set up your own mail server.
  • Turn on your browser’s “private mode.”

Read the full article here.

BBB also eminds consumers to :

  • Avoid suspicious links contained in any email communication from unknown senders
  • Limit where and to whom you give personal information online
  • Ensure all websites visited are secure by checking for “s” in https:// and in the lower-right corner for the “lock” symbol
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2 Responses to Better protect your privacy online

  1. Thanks for posting this material up. We’ve been working hard to make certain consumers know their rights when shopping on line.

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