How to save your personal data over Internet?
The trend of online frauds are increasing day by day and we all have been encountering many sites which keep your data at risk. Hacking, credit card information steal, personal information cases are in huge numbers and put many life at risk. So, following are the methods on how can we save from any Online frauds.
1) Stay away from enticing offers/queries on websites like Facebook, unknown emails. You might have seen one fraud method of throwing lucrative offers over email or any site like “take a simple survey and win a chance to get Samsung Galaxy Phone”. These ask for payment of only 1$ or 1 Rs and it claims to be return back to your account immediately. You might think website is credible while it is saving your bank account info which can further be exploited. Many of you reading this already aware of this, but some people not even started ignoring this.
2) Emails of claiming prizes, make partner, sending millions to your account details etc. This is again online fraud methods and I have seen many victims of this. Example: Sometimes i will get emails that i have millions of funds in my account and want to share some with you and need your account details etc. Don’t fall in this trap and delete these emails instantly from your inbox.
3) Facebook is also not a safer place now as it allows many websites to enable FB login and registration on 3rd party website. If we do this on any 3rd party website via FB login, then website collects and save these details to measure your popularity by counting the number of likes you get from your friends and it can be sold to eCommerce player looking for consumer insight or to darkweb world. Don’t click on quizzes, contest or queries like “which celebrity do I most resemble?” as this put your personal data on risk.
4) Updating privacy settings on websites and services—particularly on social media and search sites such as Facebook, Google, and Yahoo—is a good place to start protecting yourself. This can usually be done under a “settings” menu option.
5) Another way to prevent from such frauds is blocking 3rd party cookies on your browser to maintain some anonymity while working online. You should delete cookies regularly (in Chrome, for example, go to the Chrome menu and then click Clear Browsing Data.) You should also log out of social media websites like Facebook, and even your Google account when not using them (and don’t keep them open in tabs on your browser).If you want to take the next step in getting better privacy, try using a browser such as Tor that routes your IP through a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A virtual private network routes all of your data through a proxy server so your IP address and in many cases your user data is protected.
6) Always use a secure wireless connection (and stop using public Wi-Fi networks). If you don’t have a strong password on your home Wi-Fi network, it’s time to create one.