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


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

    1. Glad you are enjoying the content! The Internet is a tricky place sometimes.

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