How to protect your personal information on the Internet

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Beware when you publish personal data, privacy is sacred.
What are personal data

The name, address, photograph, phone number, IP address of your computer, etc., all represent personal data. Protecting personal data and privacy is very important so try to get as much information as to keep others away from your privacy.

Your online privacy depends on your ability to control the amount of personal information you provide, and who has access to this information.

Below, follow the practical tips to help protect your privacy online.

Think before you share your personal information

First, read the privacy policy of the internet.
In the privacy policy of a website, you should clearly explain what information this web site collects about you, how it is used, shared, secured, and how you can edit or delete this data. For example, if a website does not have a privacy statement, stay away from it.

Do not publish more than enough

Do not post online stuff that you would not want to be public
Minimize the details that identify you or your location
Keep secret account numbers, username, and password
Share your primary email address with only people you know.
Just give the requested information – often marked with a star (*) when registering or filling in different forms.
Tracks / How to be anonymous

Often we provide a lot of personal information online without thinking about the risk. Whenever you click on the internet, you leave a trace (history, search, IP address, etc.). Sometimes our information can help online criminals and identity thieves in their actions. While we would not provide our personal information to foreigners on the street, why do we do it online?

Here are some tips to protect your anonymity online:

Think twice before discovering any personal information.
Avoid using your real name online.
Give clear instructions to children how and when they can provide online information.
Be especially careful with the “fast friends” you’ve just met online but are looking to reveal your personal information or want to meet you offline.
Be cautious when discovering personal data on various web sites.
Use an available, anonymous email account for websites that require an email address to sign up. Hotmail, Yahoo or Google Mail provides free email addresses.
Look for cookies

Cookies are the files that websites use to store information about you between sessions. Most of the time they are harmless, used to store your username track when you visit a website so you do not get robbed every time you visit that website. However, some of them are used by fraudsters to track your browsing habits with the aim of building a profile of your activities and interests for fraud.

Adjust your browser in such a way as to warn you when a cookie is installed. Note that some websites will not work if you have blocked cookies completely.
Microsoft Internet Explorer will allow you to enable and disable cookies on a page, so you can allow cookies on the pages you trust.
Use an anti-spyware program that scans for the so-called cookie tracker.
There are also cookie management programs that can delete old cookies and help you manage them. In addition, you can use the settings in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox to delete unwanted cookies.
Watch what others post

Search for your name online using at least two search engines. Search for text and pictures. If you find sensitive information on a website for yourself, please contact this site with a request to remove your information from this site.

Regularly check what others write about you in blogs and social networking sites. Ask friends not to post photos of yours or your family without your permission. If you feel uncomfortable with material such as information or photos that are posted on others’ websites, ask them to be removed.

Protect yourself from scams

Beware of the things that sound too beautiful to be true, like announcements that you’ve won a lottery, or urgent messages like (“Your Account Will Be Closed!”) With grammatical errors in writing etc.

Think before you click to visit a website or call a phone number in an email or suspicious message – all may be just cheating.
Be careful with video clips and games, or take pictures

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