Protecting your privacy is easier than you think

In the age of Facebook and Twitter, it may seem that privacy is a thing of the past. However it doesn’t have to be. Believe it or not, Forbes recently ran a story outlining some easy steps you can take to boost your privacy in the Internet age. If you don’t take these steps, then you have no one to blame but yourself if cyber criminals gain access to your bank information, e-mail messages or other private data.

Password Protection is Key

Forbes recommends that you always password-protect your mobile devices. This way, should you lose your tablet or someone steals your smartphone, the thief won’t be able to effortlessly access your device and the private information stored on it. Forbes compares password-protecting your devices to locking your home’s front door; it’s just a wise practice.

The Power of Google Alerts

To protect your privacy, you might want to find out what people are writing about you online. To do this, set up a Google Alert in your name. You’ll then get a message whenever someone says something about you online. As Forbes says, there isn’t any easier way to track what’s being said about you.

The Sign Out Step

You just finished updating your Facebook page. You’ve just transferred money electronically into your PayPal account. What do you do now? Be sure, before leaving the site, that you sign out. This is especially important if you’re using a computer at a library or any other public space. You wouldn’t want the next user to see your accounts and gain easy access because you’re still signed in. We’re all busy. However you are not too busy to remember to sign out.

Posted on: 04.26.13