Internet Privacy 101
What is internet privacy?
Internet privacy, also known as online privacy, is a phrase that refers to the security surrounding your personal data available online. For example: what websites you visit, your location, and your online interests are all forms of personal information. Unlike cybersecurity, internet privacy concerns only your personal data. This makes internet privacy a big concern for those using ecommerce sites, playing online games, or partaking in social media.
A number of personal, technological, and legal factors all play a part in internet privacy:
- Information shared on social media
- Password strength
- Ecommerce sites used
- Smart browsing habits
- Laws and regulations
Legal matters play a huge role in internet privacy. Many pieces of legislation have been passed in recent years that dictate how a user’s data may be handled and used by a company. For example, you’ve likely heard a lot about GDPR recently. This is a major piece of privacy legislation that was just passed in the European Union to help prevent the misuse of data.
Why should you care?
Just like cybersecurity, a big portion of internet privacy is having the proper knowledge to protect yourself and your information. Anytime you use a service like Facebook or Google that is “free” you can assume that the service is using your personal information to help advertisers better their ad targeting, or to help the company providing the “free” service find ways to make money by selling your data. As is often the case, if something is free, you are the product.
Making informed decisions about how companies can use your personal data is an involved process that entails a number of key considerations:
- Understanding the social media sharing settings on your accounts
- Following best practices for creating a complex account password
- Not sharing personal information in forums or in online games
- Avoiding suspicious links on websites and in emails
- Following the latest news in security breaches to see if you might be a victim
If you fail to practice proper privacy measures, you risk having your personal information stolen or misused by third parties. In the best case, this could result in you having to change a password on a site that was breached. In the worst case, you could be looking at financial loss, identity theft, and a long and painful process to get your digital life back in order.
In short, you can’t afford to risk your personal information by not following internet privacy best practices. Fortunately, there are some very easy steps you can take to help protect your private information online.
Where does uBlock fit in?
A big part of protecting your personal information is making it hard for websites to track your behavior when you’re surfing the Internet. It’s also helpful to use tools that help keep your browser free of spyware and malware. Fortunately, uBlock can help.
uBlock blocks tens of thousands of different trackers that advertisers use to track your behavior online. uBlock also prevents pop-up ads, which greatly reduces the chance that you will click on a suspicious link or download a piece of software with malware lurking in it. This lowers the likelihood of your computer being infected, and your passwords and information being compromised.
We also strive to provide you with the latest news on cybersecurity threats, breaches, and scams. Knowledge truly is power in the fight against cyber crime, and we aim to keep you prepared no matter what.