If you don’t want anyone getting access to your personal information or messing up your computer, you should keep in mind some simple rules to make your time online a whole lot safer. When you decide you have nothing to hide and don’t mind your personal information being shared with the special services, you actually willingly give up your Internet security. It’s a way of saying you don’t care to be followed. If you don’t want that to happen, it’s high time to reconsider your attitude towards your safety online.
If you want to make sure your emails and pictures arrive safely to their destination, try installing a special encryption extension for your browser. The whole idea is quite simple: you send your email, and the addressee receives it in the form of encrypted characters.
To protect yourself, use messengers that automatically encrypt all correspondence. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal Private Messenger all do that. If someone suddenly gets access to your correspondence, they’ll only see a bunch of characters that will take years to decipher.
Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and iCloud are all pretty unsafe being that hackers can easily pick up a password or take advantage of the vulnerability of the system itself. So, they are not your best choice if you’re concerned with the safety of your data.
If you absolutely have to use unsecure Wi-Fi in a public space, encrypt all traffic, not just browser-based. To do this, you should use a VPN, or Virtual Private Network.
To protect your data, encrypt your USB sticks, phones, and other gadgets that can easily be lost. For full encryption of smartphones and tablets, it’s better to use the operating system’s built-in function. On Android devices, look for it in your settings under “Security”. As for IOS, go to your settings and find “Password”.
Spyware often comes disguised as seemingly harmless advertisements, and this adware is delivered automatically to host computers. Remember to always keep your software updated, especially anti-virus programs.