The internet has become part of our life. We not only buy almost everything online but we also socialize, communicate and entertain ourselves with plenty of digital content. But have you ever ask yourself where personal information to that give online when signing up or buying something goes to? Is your personal information really safe? Online privacy has become a major concern for many people. Just last year, Facebook was fined for sharing personal information of their users to a British company without third consent. In fact, if you want to know if your personal information is really private, just search yourself online and you will be surprised to know how much of your personal information including your address, family members, phone number among many others are out there in the public.

If your digital privacy is not enhanced, then you risk exposing crucial data in the hands of fraudsters. Companies can also use that information to get as much information about you so that they can know products or services that you are looking for or run ads that are relevant to you. So the big question is: what should you do to protect your digital privacy? Below are 5 Steps to Protect Your Privacy.


1. Be careful when sharing your social security number online


Before you share your social security number online, think twice. Only share if it is necessary and it should with credible institution such as a credit bureau or your bank. Your SSN is very sensitive and if it gets to the public, then a bad guy steal your identity, take a credit card and pile debt on your behalf.


2. Update your privacy setting


Updating your privacy setting particularly on search sites such as Yahoo and Google and social media platforms like Facebook can help enhance your privacy. Most online platforms default to data being shared publicly. That means that any person who wants to get information about you can easily access it. If you take that crucial step and change your privacy settings, you will significantly lower the number of people who will access your personal data. Only share information with people that you know and trust.


3. Get a VPN


One of the best ways to enhance your online privacy is by using a virtual private network. A VPN will ensure that your entire internet connection including browser and app run via an encrypted tunnel. This basically means that your ISP or anyone in a public Wi-Fi cannot access your personal information. It will keep all your personal information safe and out of reach to the public. 


4. Block cookies


Another great way to enhance your privacy online is by blocking cookies. This will make it harder for other online users and websites to track your online activity including knowing the last time you visited and your username. Although blocking cookies may inconvenience you in some ways, it

is the price that you have to pay if you want to enhance your online privacy.


5. Do not submit your zip code when making purchases using your credit card


Most of the time eCommerce companies usually ask customers to give their zip code when purchasing using their credit card. If that happens to you, then you should not fall into that trap. If you match your zip code with your credit card, then the company can easily access your personal information including your email address and phone number.


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