Privacy is dead? It doesn’t have to be

Do you have nightmares of your tablet falling into the hands of cyber thieves? Maybe you agonize that a hacker will break into your online bank account. These fears are justified. It’s increasingly difficult for all of us to protect our privacy in today’s Internet age. The good news? There are some very simple steps you can take to ensure it is less likely your personal information could be accessed by hackers, scammers or thieves. And a recent story by Forbes lists these tips.

Protect Yourself With Passwords

Password-protecting your mobile devices – your tablets, laptops and smartphones – is your first line of defense. If thieves must first guess your password before they can turn on your iPad or Amazon Fire, the odds are lower that they’ll ever gain access to your private information. As Forbes says, password-protecting your mobile devices is no different than locking your car doors when you park at the store.

The Power of Google Alerts

Do you know what people are saying about you online? You might like to. You don’t want all of your secrets traveling around the Internet. Forbes recommends that you create a Google Alert on your name. That way, whenever anyone types it online, you’ll receive a message alerting you. You can then take a look at what’s being said about you. Think of this as a very easy way to track your online presence.

The Sign Out Step

Have you ever made the mistake of checking your e-mail on the computer in your public library and forgetting to sign out when you were done? This can be a dangerous mistake as it might give snoops or cyber criminals quick access to your e-mail account. And once thieves have this access, they can more easily get into your private data. Whenever you use a public computer – or, for that matter, a private computer – sign out of your accounts. It only takes a few seconds and can save you tons of future hassle.

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