Five Top Tips To Help You Manage Your Online Privacy

1. Keep Yourself Informed

When it comes to online privacy, you should always keep informed and remain vigilant. We live in increasingly dangerous times when it comes to personal privacy, identity protection and keeping sensitive data secure.

It is the responsibility of all us to keep abreast of the latest privacy laws and to know what our rights are and if those rights change.

Similarly, do not ignore media reports of data abuse, ransomware attacks, phishing attemps or notable data leaks. Read up to ascertain to whether you or anyone you care you about could be affected.

2. Always Check For Any Information On Sites That You Visit

Any website that uses online behavioral advertising should provide the consumer with useful information about how they collect data and the use of this data within their privacy policy – this should always be available, and it doesn’t matter if the information is collected by a third-party provider (like an advertising network) or a particular website owner. 

3. Know That You Always Have A Choice

You will always have a choice as to whether or not you want to receive online behavioral advertising. This is because signatories who provide you with online behavioral advertising should always provide information on how you can decline it and therefore, you can always choose not to receive it anymore. 

4. Get To Know Your Computer’s Privacy Settings

Your computer’s privacy settings are in the options menu of your browser. These enable you to change specific settings relating to your computer’s privacy.  There will be a few options, such as to clear your browsing history or change things in relation to cookies.

You might want to reconsider before changing any of your cookie settings – they’re used on websites in order to store a little information about your visits to the site, such as language settings, and as a result, make your experience a lot more fluid and efficient.

As an example of this, think about any time that you’ve left items in an online shopping cart on a website. Without cookies, the website wouldn’t be able to store the items that you’ve put in your cart, and if you leave the page you would have to add them to your cart again.

However, with cookies enabled, all of your items will be waiting for you to complete your shop the next time you come back. They can be really useful!

5. Make Sure That Your Household Computer’s Privacy Settings Meet Each Individual’s Needs

If you live in a household with only one computer, you probably understand that different people use the computer for different things. It’s a really good idea for each member of a household to make their own ‘user account’, as this means that you won’t have anybody else’s internet preferences or history linked to your own.

If you didn’t want to opt-out of cookies but another member of your household did, separate user accounts can allow you to both choose your desired preferences without affecting the other. This means that every person’s privacy settings can be altered to meet their individual needs, allowing you to get the most out of the internet.

Dale Williams