What other steps can I take to protect my privacy online?
The internet offers many opportunities and have a lot of useful information and resources that are available at your fingertips. Use these precautions to make your web surfing experience a safe and enjoyable one.
2. Do not leave personal information that you arent comfortable disclosing. If you feel the information being requested is way too intrusive or personal or irrelevant to the service or content youre trying to get from the site, leave the website and try to find a similar website that asks fewer prying questions.
3. When using social networking sites or forums or chat sites, make sure to put some thought into what youre posting. Search engines are extremely powerful and can dig up random posts and messages on the internet. If you dont want your identity know when posting to public forums or publicly accessible areas, use a newly created email address and account with no personally identifying information.
4. If youre using an always on network connection, make sure to install and maintain a firewall. Firewall software prevents your computer from hacking and remote attacks.
5. Manage your passwords responsibly. Do not use the same password among all websites you join. Make sure that the password you use for encrypted or secure sites are different from less secure sites you visit. Dont use the same password you use for your credit cards or bank accounts for your online accounts and vice versa.