Online privacy is a complex and sometimes confusing thing. Many of us still believe that we are quite safe online. Some people use public Wi-Fi to make money transfers or check their bank accounts, others tell jokes about their bosses through work email. Even the laws that are designed to secure our online privacy do not offer full protection. The question arises whether we are really protected online or not. That’s why it is important to see how your privacy can be violated and by whom.
Mobile app developers and marketers violate users’ privacy to be able to advertise products to them. There’s also the threat of hackers and numerous online scams. There are countless ways to hack a person and, fortunately, there are several ways to protect yourself online, too. By educating yourself with the right information, you will most likely be able to avoid online scams.
1. Keep your personal information private
Do not respond to requests for your private details online or over the phone if it’s not a verified source. Your bank, utility, and credit card companies might need personal information, but be wary of sharing too much. One of the most common internet scams comes in the form of a guaranteed bank loan or credit card offer. When a website or email asks you for your social security number as an identifier, see whether you can provide alternative information to confirm your identity and verify the website you’re on in the meantime with a simple Google search.