As the Internet continues increasing in size, it becomes more and more difficult to remain anonymous and safe online. Privacy concerns are growing larger among users, especially since companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others aren’t doing anything to improve that experience.
Fortunately, as a user, you aren’t left completely empty-handed – there are still certain precautions that you can take. The following seven are some of the most important ones.
One of the primary ways through which everyone accesses the Internet is, of course, a web browser. However, while convenient and fast, the most popular ones such as Chrome or Firefox leave you fully exposed.
Tor is a browser bundle that aims to make you as anonymous as possible, by routing your connection through various different relays and sources. Ultimately, it makes you untraceable to the average person, but it will throttle your Internet speed by a significant amount.
Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp – three of the most popular apps for instant messaging. Of course, they also don’t put in a lot of effort to prevent your data from leaking.
On the other hand, the Signal app uses its own protocol that combines three different cryptographic algorithms in order to achieve maximum security. Alongside texts, images, and other media, Signal also supports end-to-end encrypted group chats.
The code which Signal uses for encryption is open-source, which means that it’s been thoroughly tested and scanned for any potential vulnerabilities.
Unlike Google Drive and other storage services meant to help you free up space on your PC, Carbonite advertises itself as an online backup service. The process is extremely straightforward, and you can choose to back up any amount of data – from a single file to the complete data on your PC.
However, since it’s easy to use, there aren’t a lot of customizable features left. Carbonite has been developed with safety in mind, which is why backing up and restoring files can take a long time. Still, these disadvantages are justified by the robust systems in place.
If you’re wondering how ads manage to be so personalized, the answer is through analysis of emails. Whether you like it or not, Google sells your data to other companies so that they know exactly what you’re interested in.
ProtonMail is an online-based email service that is cross-compatible with any other platform and has a very familiar user interface. What separates it from other similar services is zero access encryption, which means that not even the company itself can decrypt what you’re sending.
In addition, it doesn’t require any personal information and its basic version is free to use.
Using a regular web browser and its ‘save password’ feature is a recipe for disaster. An experienced hacker only has to gain access to your browser, at which point all of your accounts are compromised.
Unfortunately, it can also be very difficult to remember dozens of different complicated passwords. 1Password is a password manager that keeps all of your keys under a singular, master password.
Not only is it safer, but it will also make your life easier since you’ll be able to log into different websites with a single click. You’ll still have to remember that one password, but that shouldn’t be too difficult.
If you like the concept of the previously mentioned Tor Browser, but you want to keep using Chrome or any other traditional browser, then NordVPN is a solution for you. This software acts as a tunnel between you and the Internet, masking all the incoming and outcoming traffic from any third parties.
Unlike Tor, it won’t have multiple masking spots – only one. While this provides lesser protection, it won’t throttle your Internet speed as much if that’s important to you.
Identity fraud is one of the largest dangers on the web. It can leave long-lasting consequences and cause significant financial damage, especially if the attacker gets access to all of your compromising data.
While it’s important to be vigilant at all times while online, Spokeo Protect adds another layer of protection that you wouldn’t have otherwise. By using it, you’ll be able to safeguard your credit, Social Security Number, medical insurance, and much more.
Maguire Haigh is a marketing manager for Spokeo. He is interested in the latest technology trends, marketing strategies and business development.
He also prefers traveling, exploring the world and meeting new people. Maguire has great experience in creating and editing articles on different topics.