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How to Protect Your Privacy Online

September 18th, 2008 by Andreas Xavier in Email Addresses, Privacy Online. Topics:

When used properly, the internet can be a wonderful tool – a wealth of information at one’s fingertips. From windsurfing in Bali to playing tennis like a pro, if you can imagine it, chances are you can learn about it online. But while you’re shopping for new shoes or browsing antique books, someone else may be collecting your personal information and using it for their own purposes. Here are some tips on how to protect your privacy online.

First, be careful with sites that ask for bank account numbers, credit card information, or social security numbers. Many of these sites sell the information to third parties for a profit, which can lead to identity theft. When purchasing items, make sure the website has a disclaimer or a safe server notice.

Next, delete any spam emails you receive. Do not reply, even if your wish is to be removed from a list or subscription. Many times replying to spam simply alerts the spammer that the email address is being used. Once a spammer knows an email is verified, that information is passed along to dozens of others, and before long your inbox will be overflowing with junk mail.

Finally, try to limit personal browsing and online purchases to your home computer. While it may be tempting to use work or public computers to subscribe to your favorite diet newsletter or check out the new sale at your favorite store, you never know who may be watching. More often than not, employers, bookstores, and public places like the local library monitor browser history and email usage. You cannot be sure how many eyes read the information you provide.

To ensure that your private information remains private while surfing the net, follow these three rules. Watch for security seals on websites that ask for banking or personal information. Do not reply to spam emails. Simply delete them, or “flag” them as spam if you have the option. Remember to use your home computer for personal browsing and purchases.

About the author
Andreas co-founded Xavier Media® in 1996 and has since been involved in all kinds of development, marketing and making money online.


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