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Here are some incredibly simple ways to keep your information private

December 19th, 2013 at 5:30 PM
How To Keep Personal Information Secure Online

In an age when we keep all of our personal information on vulnerable machines, it’s more important than ever to take every possible precaution to keep your data secure. As if the endless news surrounding the NSA wasn’t bad enough, hackers continue to put millions at risk by stealing credit card data or gaining access to our webcams without our knowledge. So how do you stay safe? How do you protect yourself from the countless risks of a connected society?

There’s no way to plug every leak, but Forbes contributor Kashmir Hill has put together two lists filled with suggestions that could keep your photos, videos and documents private and your accounts inaccessible to others. Some highlights from the lists include:

  • Put a password on all of your devices.
  • Sign out of social media and email accounts when you finish using them.
  • Turn on multi-step authentication for services that offer the added protection.
  • Clear your browser history.
  • Put a sticker over your webcam when it’s not in use.

As denizens of the Internet, many of these practices might be second nature for us, but it never hurts to double check our habits. Check out Hill’s most recent article for even more ways to maintain your privacy.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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