Skip to main content

7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Websites Stealing Your Personal Infromation

The sad truth about the Internet these days is that it is nearly impossible to know what kind of person is running a website. There are countless
horror stories of identity theft, data mining, and the exploitation of and sharing of personal information. The problem is that most people are unaware about how - and how much - personal data is being used and how often it's shared with third parties. How could you? The data collection itself is invisible. We have no idea what they are going to do with the personal data collected from us. We cannot trust a third party website how they are going to use the personal information collected from us. So it is our duty to protect ourselves from websites stealing our personal information.

The intentions of some websites that mine your data are sometimes harmless and motivated by curiosity; their actions are typically in violation of the intended use of the systems they are exploiting. The results can range from mere mischief to straight up malicious endeavors.

Protecting your online privacy may seem nearly impossible, but there are, in fact, a handful of strategies that can help reduce the risk of inadvertently sharing your private personal data with other websites.

1. Block Cookies on Your Browser

Tracking is done by files and programs known as "cookies." It certainly isn't the only way advertisers and other companies track information, but third-party cookies are the most intrusive tracking technology on the web.

Luckily, most Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) allow users to view and delete cookies installed on their computer. A quick Google search on "How to delete cookies," and you're well on your way to safer surfing.

2. Turn on Private Browsing

All major browsers offer a "private browsing" mode to limit, not block, all cookies. When private browsing is engaged, cookies will be deleted each time the browser is closed or private browsing is turned off.

3. Use Different Usernames and Passwords

You know what they say: "It is better to be safe than sorry." To avoid having your information stolen from across the board, it is a good idea to assign different usernames and passwords for each of your social networks, online banking and shopping accounts, professional sites and email. Having distinct passwords is not enough nowadays.

4. Close All Old Accounts

Sure, the Friendster and seemed like good ideas at the time, but it has been ages since you've accessed them. Go ahead and close down those old accounts and do a good old-fashioned digital wipe of any old personal information floating around out there in cyberspace.

Think of it this way: A security system won't work if the back door is always left wide open.

5. Maximize Privacy Settings on Social Networks

This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is very important. Facebook's privacy settings change all the time, so be sure to stay on top of them and adjust your preferences as needed.

6. Disconnect From the Internet

The convenience of always being connected to the Internet comes with major risks. Believe it or not, the likelihood that viruses scanning the network will target your computer becomes higher if your computer is always connected. Get into the habit of disconnecting your computer from the Internet whenever you aren't using it.

7. Don't Reply to Suspicious Emails

As exciting as it may be to see the email subject line "You've won $1,000,000!", chances are, you haven't. Dodgy emails from unknown senders offering free iPads, money, and promise far-fetched business opportunities are almost always a scam. Responding to such emails could open the door for a plethora of electronic intruders.

Guest Article

A College of Charleston grad, Amanda Click has been writing for professionally since 2009. Amanda hails from Rockville, Maryland but has called Charleston home for the past six years. This article is about 7 ways to protect ourselves from websites who steal and gamble our personal information. This methods are free methods and we do not need to use any third party tools to block websites from accessing our personal information. To write guest posts for us, follow the link below.

Write Guest Article for us


  1. To tackle the problem of security, various types of spy camera pen have been launched in the technological world. Security cameras are recognised as the standard in monitoring property and detection of criminals. Surveillance video is claimed to be the most successful home monitoring device by its ways to protect oneself against theft and violence. This is because these cameras are very effective in deterring criminals, thus protecting your house against theft and violence and further help them to catch those perpetrators.

    It can also be used as a VOIP (voice over internet protocol) phone & webcam and is compatible with Skype 3. 0. Spyke is a video surveillance device, When a movement is detected, spy camera watch or sends you a picture by e-mail. One more cool feature of Spyke is that When the battery charge gets low, Spyke returns back to his recharging station automatically. Childcare professional may be the particular biggest as well as inexpensive choice but entrusting your very own kid to the stranger could be scary.

    One of the most widespread varieties will be at conceal associated with your typical cellular phone. That seems like a normal telephone but doesn't become a single, on the normal basis this can be covertly overseeing, and recording each time inside radius. The actual complete thought guiding concealed spy camera watch will be they tend to be therefore out of date functioning nobody will probably be concerned about an item that will be right facing their own eyes. People act in a different way if they understand they tend to be getting recorded, therefore with key photographic camera you might be finding the true all associated with them who're unguarded.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

List Of Common Flowers in Kerala With Pictures

Kerala is one of the famous tourist spot situated on the south of India famous for its numerous wild life and thick vegetation. Like the Himalayan ranges on the north of India,

AMOLED display coming to Samsung Galaxy Tab range

This is a guest post by Erica about the arrival of AMOLED display to Samsung Galaxy Tab range.Samsung could be transplanting a seven inch AMOLED screen into an upcoming addition to its Galaxy Tab range of tablet computers.

You may have experienced an AMOLED display in a small portable device before as Samsung, Nokia and HTC have all used them in smartphones to date. However, the expense of producing AMOLED screens has prohibited them from appearing on larger devices like tablets, until now.

The seven inch Galaxy Tab was launched last year but an update with an AMOLED screen would be most welcome, cutting energy consumption and improving colours and contrast ratios across the board.

The rumours about this device state that it will run Android 3.0, feature a three megapixel camera on the rear, a two megapixel snapper on the front and have a display resolution of 1024x600 which is not bad for a device of this size.

The hardware powering the new Galaxy Tab will consist of a 1.2GHz processor w…

Building Blocks for Virtual Businesses : Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world

This is a guest post by Ripley Daniels about "Key technological systems you must have to succeed in the remote business world.

Whenever I tell friends I had a tough day at the office, they laugh at me. That's because they know I don't really have an office. I work very hard but I work for a company that is completely remote. Only a few of my co-workers ever go into an office at all and when they do, it's only for short periods of time. Our "office" is a virtual one. To us, the traditional office workplace is a thing of the past, alongside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the slide rule, and telephones where you stick your finger in a hole and turn a dial.
Unfortunately, none of this prevents me from having tough days. I still have them. But the reasons have nothing to do with the fact that my co-workers and I don't have a brick and mortar edifice that we can use to plan, strategize, hold our meetings, make presentations, discuss sensitive business topics, build relatio…

5 Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners

This is a guest post by Sachin about five Common Examples Of Website Design Mistakes by Business Owners . When most business owners think about website design, they think about a brochure online. Online shopping sites are making a lot of money with the use of web-based applications to sell products, collect payments an arrange delivery. The only work left to do is pack and send the boxes. Smart applications can even print out the labels, so the only thing left to do it stick them on the box. Unfortunately, in many cases, websites are replacing people. For those of us left with a job, we can be thankful that many business owners make the following mistakes when it comes to websites and web design.

Don’t have one. This is the first and biggest problem of most business owners when it comes to website design. They think they don’t need one. Who can ever really do with less business? The reason why they have not been getting business from online sources in the past is because they have not …


Show more