10 Comprehensive Tips You Should Apply Now To Secure Your Privacy

8 Comprehensive Tips You Should Apply Now To Secure Your Privacy
In the fight against scam and related crimes, we need to share some tips that can help you secure your privacy anytime you are surfing the net.
Browsing is fun, and it helps us solve most of our life issues more easily than before by making the related information accessible to us. We have previously shared tips on how you can protect yourself from ATM scams, what if you you're not going to the ATM to withdraw, maybe you make money online or shop online, then this post will surely be of good help to you.
As the internet is becoming more accessible to the average people, the internet fraudsters are utilizing every slightest opportunity and leak in privacy to dupe the innocent internet users of their hard-earned money.
Due to the importance of your security, we have decided to share some tips you should employ anytime you're surfing the internet to ensure that the information entered in the websites are delivered to the webmaster and to him alone.

Some Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy

Anytime you visit a website or web-page whether you're from a search engine, social network, forum or you just type the url in your browser, there are some safety tips that you need to watch out for to ensure that the information entered by you in the websites are delivered only to the right person(s).

- Don't enter delicate information in HTTP websites

Most times while surfing the web, we tend to open many tabs and in some cases, might not bother to heck if the websites are HTTPS enabled. HTTP means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol while HTTPS means Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. All information entered in HTTPS websites are directly to the receivers and hackers can't have access to them easily.
Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy
Take a look the photo above, it was gotten from four websites and it shows the three levels of encryption.
- The first one is a normal one that you'll see in most blogs and websites. Notice that is is green in colour on most browsers, it means it is secured.
- The second one is a bit more personalized or customized and it's also secured. It is used by bigger organizations and firms, especially those that deal directly with people's data.
- The third one is secured but the images are not. This could be as a result of the website owners hosting their images in unsecured platforms. Google Chrome and other browsers would also warn you against entering sensitive information in these websites because hackers might gain access to the images posted there.
- The next is not secure but not critical, you shouldn't enter credit card details or any other sensitive information on them or they could be tapped into by hackers.
- The last is a no-no, most browsers like Google Chrome won't even allow you to enter the websites. It is very critical and might be because they don't have a valid SSL certificate.
The security of a website depends on the web-page you are surfing and not the whole website so you should check out each web-page before entering any delicate information. 

- Use Solid Passwords

We have previously shared some un-secure passwords you should avoid as a blogger or even internet user. Many people tend to use the same passwords for all their accounts and in some cases, it's not advisable especially if you are someone that gives your password to other people. Many websites guide you on how to create passwords, for example, while creating some online accounts, you'll be told to:
- Avoid using your name
- Avoiding using your pet's name
- Avoid using dictionary words
- Avoid using passwords that you've preciously used
- Include numbers and special characters in your passwords
These things might be burdensome, but they help us to protect our passwords against hackers.
Imaging these two passwords:
facebook8822 - Facebook1?.8822
Which will be easier to hack?

- Avoid Using Public WiFi

We as Nigerians know how expensive data can be, in fact many of us decide to download heavy applications with the mid-night browsing plans because of the chap price of data. In fact, you can get as much as 500 mb for as cheap as ₦25. Because of these, many people rejoice whenever their mobile phones signal that the presence of a WiFi and they don't bother to verify the security of the WiFi making them volatile to hackers.
These WiFi are wonderful tools utilized by hackers for attracting multiple users into penetrating their devices and using their credentials to access pages that were previously supposed to be hidden. These public WiFi are not encrypted and any information entered on them might be stolen by hackers.
Also, don't forget to log-out of your email or social media handles whenever you log into them from a public computer. In the worst state, you can apply these tips to help you log out of your Facebook at home in the case that you were unable to successfully sign-out in a cafe. All other social networks also provide different ways of doing that.

- Go for Two-Factor Authentication

This is an extra step that you might be instructed to put-on to ensure an extra level of security. Most social networks use it but it's not compulsory, and many of us chose to ignore it. In some cases, you'll be required to use it when you're logging-in to a new device or using an old device after some weeks of going offline.
Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy
So how does the two-factor authentication work? Let's say someone successfully gets your password, maybe through phishing or any other way, he or she will still be mandated to input a 6-digit code that will be sent to your phone number and failure o do so will make it impossible for the person the gain access into the account.
Also, keep your email updated and check them regularly.
10 Comprehensive Tips You Should Apply Now To Secure Your Privacy

This will make it easier for the social network to inform you of any log-ins. If you notice any that you're not aware of, it's best to act fast.

- Turn off Location Services

Unless when necessary, block all location trackers from your devices to prevent hackers from tracking you easily. By granting apps and websites easy access to your location, you are also granting hackers easy access to track you.
Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy
Some social networking websites and apps like SnapChat by default gain access to your location and it's your duty as a user to turn them off. With these features turned on, anybody on your friend list can easily pinpoint on you, but don't forget that not everyone in your friend list is your friend.

- Keep your Computer, Cellphone and Apps Updated

Occasionally, updated versions of apps are released for downloads and upgrades by the new app users. Many times, you receive push notifications telling you to upgrade an app you already have and you ignore them, probably because you think the previous ones are okay for you.
Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy
The above photo is a screenshot from an anti-virus in my system, upgrading to the latest version will grant me access to some entirely new features like additional protection for my pc.
It's same with all other apps and software, they work on better ways to tackle the present issues and making their services great for their users. Remember, hackers learn new formats daily and no one is entirely free from the.

- Use Tor Browser

Just like the SSL certificates discussed above, the Tor browser provides an extra level of privacy to internet users and grants them complete anonymity when they are browsing online. Privacy is important to all of us, and it's one of the reasons the Tor browser is a great choice for people looking for an extra level of privacy.
Security Tips You Should Start Utilizing To Protect Your Privacy
The Tor browser routes their users traffic through encrypted layers to help secure their identity and it's a great browser for any internet user who wants to mask his activities online. It is also customized on the Moxilla FireFox browser to provide a privacy-enhancing browser extension to enhance your online privacy check.

- Keep your Scam information updated

The bad guys keep learning new strategies and as a regular internet user, you should regularly check out for the latest security checks. Currently, 'pipechannels.com' and ‘ransomare’ are on the rise and it's your duty to keep yourself updated with similar trends. 
If at any stage you notice any suspicious activities, apply the necessary countermeasures to ensure your adequate privacy online.
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