Ten tips on how to protect your private data in the network.
It is tempting to show the most beautiful holiday photo on Instagram, or to proudly post a photo of the sweet little daughter on Facebook as a newly-baked dad. But how much information does the network really need from you? Ten tips on how to protect your private data in the network.
Less is more.
Basically, the credo of publishing private information is: as much as necessary, as little as possible. You should be particularly careful with data such as address, telephone number or current location. And: Before you put info, photos or videos online, think about whether you would theoretically share them with all Internet users – because even if your privacy seems protected, such data escapes in no time on the public World Wide Web.
“Nicknames” can be useful.
In a business network (XING, LinkedIn) it looks dubious if you do not use your real name. On the other hand, in networks like Facebook or Instagram, which you mainly use privately, a nickname is quite permissible. The only important thing is that your friends know that you are actually hiding behind the pseudonym.
The safest way is to use a different password for each account. Good passwords consist of at least eight characters and contain uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers and special characters. It may also make sense to use different e-mail addresses for different social networks, as otherwise anonymous e-mail addresses can be assigned to a real name over time.
Decide on which platform you want to take which social role – and post only relevant information. For example, Xing is a business network where your CV is of interest, but your last holiday destination is less. On Instagram, that would be the other way round.
Use privacy settings!
With all social networks can be controlled, who can see which information. Take advantage of this opportunity and be aware of who you share what information with. In addition, it is advisable to accept as friends only those known to you from real life.
Regularly delete cookies.
A cookie is a small file that contains data about visited websites. This can come in handy because you do not have to sign in again or your preferred language is saved when you visit a page repeatedly. At the same time, cookies also store information about their private Internet behavior. In order to remove such Internet traces, it is important to delete the cookies regularly.
Use different search services.
The big search engines on the net, especially Google, catch a lot of data. If you want to avoid that Google collects too much information about you, you should switch the search engine from time to time. Alternatives are for example DuckDuckGo , Yahoo or WolframAlpha .
Do not send bug reports.
When a program crashes, you are often asked to send a bug report, especially on Windows. Ask yourself if this is really worth it and leave it in case of doubt – because you simply do not know what additional information is provided with the error report.
And if you are still so proud of your offspring: be cautious with posting children’s photos. Even if they are not able to have a say, your children have a right to privacy – even children’s photos, where the face is not recognizable, can be very sweet.
If you google your name from time to time, you can check what information about you is available on the net. People search engines like Yasni also give you a good overview. Caution: Not only you, but others can trace them. As soon as you are marked with a name in a photo, you may get into search engine results.