How to protect your online privacy

It is probably something that has never happened to you in the first person, maybe you don’t even think about it often. Still, the hacking of a smartphone or laptop is an event definitely to be avoided. The consequences could be unpredictable. Give her scams perpetrated online to the current account emptied to credit cards dried up to identity theft.

Hackers and malicious people who operate on the web continually refine their methods making them more and more effective. However, their work is often facilitated by their complete lack of knowledge of basic safety practices. We should all know them, and apply them, to be at least safe from the most obvious net traps. Here are some useful tips to put into practice for a safer life on the web.

Use a VPN

One of the best ways to protect your privacy and security online is to use a VPN. The acronym stands for Virtual Private Network, it is nothing more than a system that allows you to browse the web and connect to sites without any sensitive information being transmitted.

Using a VPN doesn’t affect speed and can be used on desktop and mobile devices. Useful when connecting to public Wi-Fi networks that are accessible to anyone. Typically at the airport or in some public establishment that offers Wi-Fi access to customers. Yours connection with the VPN it is encrypted, which means that private information, as well as the IP address, are hidden from third parties.

Turn off GPS and Wi-Fi when not needed

Even when not in use, the smartphone’s GPS continues to record and trace the position communicating it to the apps on the phone. Wi-Fi also often communicates the location, and those with bad intentions and technical knowledge could access it. Turning them off when they’re not in use is a wise idea.

Use incognito browsing

The incognito navigation function, offered by browsers such as Chrome, allows you to avoid the storage of details on the sites visited, profiling cookies and data that can reveal tastes, preferences and other personal details. Advertising will also be less invasive and it will be possible to get rid of that feeling of “being spied on” that many have lately experienced while surfing the Internet.

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Enable two-factor authentication

This system is simple and effective. Two-factor authentication allows you to log into a website (for example the bank or other financial services) by providing the OK via another device. Typically an SMS arrives or a code is requested via email. The service is free and significantly increases the level of security.

Also remember to do other things too!

These are just a few methods you can put into practice. However, also remember to take these healthy habits when using the web:

  • install and use antivirus software;
  • change the passwords regularly of the services you often use (e-mail, bank, social network);
  • do not disclose too much personal information on social media;
  • do not click suspicious links, especially if they have come by email from someone unknown.

The Internet has made our life simple and very convenient but it is up to each of us to take the necessary precautions so as not to fall into traps. Often it takes very little: if to cross a busy road we were taught to turn our gaze to the right and to the left, we should do it virtually and stop at the first hint of potential danger.


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