Ten simple steps to keep casual intruders from invading your privacy, as featured on forbes.com
Password protect your devices: your smartphone, your iPad, your computer, your tablet, etc. This may be irritating when it locks after each use, but choosing not to password protect these devices is the digital equivalent of leaving your home or car unlocked.
Put a Google Alert on your name. This is an incredibly easy way to stay on top of what’s being said about you online, and it takes less than a minute to do. Do it here.
Sign out online (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc.) when you’re finished, This is especially important if you’re using someone else’s or a public computer.
Don’t give out your information easily (email address, phone number, zip code, etc.) when asked. Many consumers hand over their digits to help profile their purchases, but remember that you can say no.
Encrypt your computer. This is actually quite easy to do and means someone has to have your password (or encryption key) to gain access to your hard drive. On a Mac, go to “Security & Privacy” in your settings, or use Bitlocker for PCs.
Turn on 2-step authentication in Gmail. This simple step turns your phone into a security fob - in order for your Gmail account to be accessed from a new device, a code needs to be sent to your phone.
Pay in cash. For those items you don't want tracked, don't use your card. Apparently, one data mining CEO says this is how he pays for junk food to hide his bad habit!
Change Your Facebook settings to “Friends Only.” This is especially important given the many Facebook privacy issues covered in the media recently. Go to privacy settings and make sure the “default privacy” setting isn’t set to public, and if it’s on “Custom,” make sure you know and are comfortable with any “Networks” you’re sharing with.
Clear your browser history and cookies regularly. Consider changing your browser settings so that this is automatically cleared every session. Go to the “privacy” setting in your Browser’s “Options” and click “never remember your history.”
Use an IP masker. When you visit a website, you leave a footprint behind in the form of IP information. So, if you’re checking out a competitor, for example, you should consider masking your computer’s fingerprint, which at the very least gives away your approximate location and service provider. To hide this, you can download Tor.
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