There are several ways to protect your online privacy when you are using the internet. All users of the internet should be aware that setting a good security measures on the devices they are using must be taken seriously, and it is very important not only in general, but also because recently in 2018, there have been a Security Warning Alert about the Latest Email/devices Phishing’s Bait that a group of hackers managed to breach a stored data which contains 212 million contact listings as well as nine billion data related to companies and organizations. All of which was readily available online, for anyone to access.
This breach exposed a lot of its information from public sources around the web, including names, email addresses, and companies contacts information, employees, personal data, social media accounts, LinkedIn and users old passwords.
In addition to Facebook breach, that Facebook announced on October 12, 2018, that about 30 millions of Facebook users accounts have been hacked and hackers managed to get names, emails and mobiles numbers of those users.
For further information about this serious recent breach, please visit this link to be aware of how and why this happened and who is behind it and how to protect yourself from E-mail blackmailing and threats of cyber criminals who deceive you by trying to convince you that they have your current passwords and are sending you emails from your own email address: Security Warning Alert: Be aware of the Latest Email Phishing’s Bait
Now, how to protect your online privacy/identity when you are using the internet?
Do not install any applications that you do not know or are completely anonymous on any device that you are using.
Do not click on any anonymous links you receive from anyone, because they may be pirated links or scripts and by clicking on any of those links, you will enable the hacker from hacking/stealing all of your personal accounts infos and data.
Read the privacy rules and laws of any application before using it.
You can use proxy programs like https://www.expressvpn.com/ or https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ that give you an imaginary IP addresses in another part of the world instead of directly accessing the internet with your device IP actual address. So, You will have the choice between changing the geographical range of several countries.
Web camera is the most dangerous thing on your personal life so you should close it not only through the program dedicated to it, but you can use a tape or any way to block the vision. You can be exposed by penetrating your camera and in this case sensitive data of your personal life will be penetrated and extorted by hackers.
Use a good Anti-Virus and malware program, I recommend Eset Anti-virus and internet security https://www.eset.com/us/ – It is a complete protection without compromise. Or of course you can use any other program that you trust it contains and operates with full complete protection to your devices. It is recommended that you make sure that every settings options in the anti virus program is enabled, so you don’t let any opened gab, hackers can get through. Anti-virus has full control on Web Camera as long as you don’t disable that option in the settings. In addition, if you visit a dangerous website that might harm your device for any reason, the anti virus program takes care of it immediately and block it. It also provides a protection when you are logging to your bank account, so it is safe browsing to protect your personal data from being stolen….etc
The most important thing that you need to pay attention to, is that never reply or click on any email or links from anonymous sender, no matter how attracting and interesting the subject is. Just click on spam or delete or make a filter from similar senders to delete them automatically.
Passwords must be complex and difficult and contain numbers, capital letters, small letters, symbols and be as long as possible of 24 or 30 mixed of letters and numbers and symbols.
Do not use the same password on all websites you log into. Each password must be different than the other. In addition, use two authentication verification, so you don’t log into your email unless you receive a code from Google or by receiving a message on your mobile to verify that it is you who were trying to login. Make this two authentication verification security enabled also on social media accounts.
You need to be careful when using the internet in general, because you will never know who is watching you, and you can so simply and easily use different measures and ways to protect your online privacy.