Friday, 3 April 2015

10 Privacy Settings You Must Have On Your Accounts

This is 2015 and here everything is dependent on technology. No matter what, directly or indirectly everything is dependent on tech. What you eat, what you do and even what you shop. Everything is tracked. The browser you are using to read this article is using cookies, which store all the information. At what time you read this, which other tabs were open while you were reading this, what other pages you visited and many other things are being recorded without coming to your notice.

These cookies not only help Google, Facebook and other big companies to help you provide better search results (knowing what you read often, which page you visit and search), but also helps online advertisers to serve you advertisements related to your personal life and spammers to spam you.

All your personal information is going out. Even a device without internet connection would be tracking you. So, where's your privacy? You are actually selling the internet and other gadgets your personal information. Your information is used by tech giants and is manipulated to serve you advertisements, products and even further sold to CIA and FBI. You are continuously under surveillance of others. So, how safe do you feel now?

Here’s Privacy Settings You Must Have:

1. Strict Filtering Setting
Strict Filtering on Facebook
Most of the social networks provide this now, what it actually does is filters spams, and any other stuff which may feel fishy to the algorithms in real-time. The people who had been (already) blocked or spammed by other users, would automatically come in the surveillance of the admins and he might not be able to do something to harm you by any mean. You can activate Strict Filtering on Facebook, Google+ and some matrimonial social networks.

2. Browsing in Incognito Mode
The word Incognito stands for having one's true identity concealed. This means if you will be surfing web in Incognito mode (on your web browser) the history, cookies would not be recorded, you will get complete privacy over what you are doing, Although it is complete private, but there is a drawback that companies may still track you (to collect your information), might the browser company won't , but the toolbars, the add-ons, you have installed could. Almost all web browsers support Incognito mode.

3. Not Linking Your Profile to Search Engines
Most of the people do this mistake, they don’t know, while making a new social profile it’s in their default settings that they will link your profile to search engines, which means, you could be easily found on the internet with just a query of your name. If your professional profile is linked, then it’s fine, but personal should be avoided. There have been many cases of online frauds because of fake identity, anyone can copy your photos and fake your identity.

Also read: 10 Ways To Take Revenge On Someone Online

4. Customising Your Updates
Custom Updates on Facebook

Facebook, Google+ allows this customising feature, which lets your control over your updates, who can see them, who can comment on them. Everything could be customised, this way you can hide your personal stuff from the people who you don't want to see them, without even un-friending them. I personally like Google+ customising settings, they are quite useful.

5. Installing an Ad-blocker
This won't help create anything to the cookies which has already collected your data, but from next time it stop connecting to advertisement servers resulting, less of data collection and more of privacy. Cherry on the top is you won't be seeing any more of advertisement. I'll recommend using AdBlock Plus, it's the best.

6. Using A Proxy Server
Well, this may be considered illegal in some of the countries, but is one of the best ways to hide your location and identity. This is beneficial if your using torrent or porn portals. No one would know what you visited, ever.

What it does: it routes your network through other IP addresses. IP is the address of your network. There are plenty of proxy applications available for all the operating systems, even for web. Just search on the internet.

7. Installing a Web Anti-Virus
Most of the well-known brands already offer this service, they will provide you a firewall and a link checker. What it does is it won't open any link that may seem suspicious and could harm your system or online activity. The best and most reliable one is offered by McAfee. If you are a Chrome user, you can try Avira Browser Safety.

8. Avoid Beta Internet Software
It may seem fancy to update to the new version of your favourite application, but it could be potentially harmful. It’s in beta stage, you have no idea about its vulnerability. For those who those who don’t know what a beta stage is, it’s actually second version of an Application (after alpha) just made for user testing, not for a stable work.

9. Add Syntax to your Passwords
If even by chance your account is hacked, most of the hackers won’t understand your password and think of the syntax as codes. This is the must known tip. Syntax could be any character of your choice.

10. Subscribe to Tech Sapling: Yes, we will help you.

Bonus: You can install a TOR web-browser if you want to completely hide your identity. TOR could be found on Mac, Windows, Android and Linux. Tor also provides various proxy based applications, like Internet Messengers.

If you are in trouble online related to your privacy:
  • Facebook Help: visit this link, email: or call: 650-543-4800
  • Twitter Help: visit this link, tweet @support or call: 415-222-9670
  • Google Help: visit this link, or call: +1 650 253 0000
  • Yahoo Help: visit this link, or call: 1-800-266-0010
  • Microsoft Help: visit this link, or call: 00 1 800-102-1100

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