Three Simple Ways to Boost Online Privacy

Online privacy is more important than ever.  With widespread hacks occurring on a regular basis, now is the time to protect yourself online. There are some simple steps you can take to protect your personal information when using your computer. See below for a list of tips and tools you can use to boost online privacy and improve security.

Use Two-step Verification and Account Alerts

One of the easiest ways to improve your security online is to enable two-step verification and account alerts for all of your online accounts.

Two-step verification involves sending a code to your mobile phone when you attempt to log in to your account. In order to log in, you must enter the code sent to your phone. You've probably seen this when trying to log in to PayPal or another banking application. Two-step verification is great because it ensures that you are the only person logging into your account (unless someone else has access to your mobile phone).

Account alerts send you notifications whenever someone is trying to access your account from an unrecognized device. You may have seen this when logging into an account from a computer or tablet that you don't normally use. Like two-step verification, account alerts add an additional layer of security to your online accounts.

Use a VPN to boost online privacy

A VPN keeps your network connection anonymous and private. It is one of the simplest privacy protection you can use. VPNs work by encrypting your internet traffic and changing your IP address to a different location. This keeps your actual IP address hidden from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and potential hackers. Additionally, since an encrypted connection, it's much more difficult to hack into your system.

There are both free and paid VPNs out there, but the paid VPNs offer the best protection and security.

Use Browser Security

Browsers ultimately hacked into, which can compromise your activities on the Internet.  This includes your browser history, cache, usernames and passwords, and browsing habits. For better browser security, you can use ultra-secure browsers such as Brave Browser or Epic Browser. Or you can use security extensions on Chrome such as Adblock Plus or Ghostery. Adblock Plus blocks ads, but it can also block trackers, malware, and suspicious domains on the browser. Ghostery has additional features that can be useful, and it's free!

These are some first steps you can take to increase your privacy and security online. Keep an eye out for more security tips.