Last updated on March 11th, 2019
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Why did you care to click on this article? I am sure that I haven’t published this as a click bait… Oh, dear!
So, I’m guessing that you genuinely want to protect your privacy?
Wait, if you are a privacy buff – you must be aware of a lot of tips. But, what are you really doing to help your friends know the same?
Well, you can share this article along. You can do that, I hope?
Or, maybe, you’re just selfish, huh? Nevermind 😛
I’m not going to prevent mass surveillance that our government does (potentially) by publishing this article. But, I am here to promote ideas or tips that can help you protect your privacy when you go online.
Methods to protect your Privacy
1. Use a VPN
No matter whether you are on a desktop or a smartphone. This is the most common thing to do – i.e utilize a VPN to secure your connection and hide your IP address. While there are a lot of VPN solutions available online – and some for free. But, they do not offer the best protection and end up recording your browsing activity.
So, you need to choose a VPN provider like VyprVPN, which does not record your browsing activity at all.
It is the world’s first publicly audited “No Log” VPN service. You can read more about it in their blog.
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2. Switch to Secure Messaging
Quit using WhatsApp, Hike and Facebook messenger for sensitive communication! Give it a break.
I’m aware that most of our friends and family utilize WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or any similar popular messaging app to stay in touch.
You will be surprised to see apps like Signal denying access to the Government when they request our information (even though they do not store any – in the first place).
No matter what VPN you use – or what network you are on, without a private messaging app, there is no privacy to what you talk with your friends, family or business associates.
3. Stay safe from Phishing
Phishing, as you’d find it on Wiki:
Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communicatioN
Let us assume that you use a secure messaging app and our recommendation – VyprVPN as your VPN provider. What else do you have to keep in mind?
Well, whenever someone sends you a suspicious link – do not click on it immediately. If you are very sure that the URL can be trusted, you may go ahead.
To know more about it, I recommend checking out my ultimate smartphone security guide.
Nevertheless, keep in mind – that you really don’t have to fill up a survey, unless you have tried their service before unless it’s a social survey personally needed by your friend or a service that you trust your data with.
4. Make use of privacy options available
Of course, you cannot just uninstall or deactivate any service that you really need – just to protect your privacy.
Most of the time, they do offer some privacy control options. Here’s some of them that you should know about:
Facebook: Simply go to the account settings and click on “Your Facebook information”. You can view and download the information Facebook stores about you.
If you do not want them to store the information you see, you can simply to delete your account.
Google: You can head to Google’s Data and personalization settings to download your data. You can individually delete the data from a particular Google service or completely terminate the account.
5. Start using Tutanota.com instead of Gmail
For obvious reasons, Google collects our data – even what we have in our email conversations and services – to personalize stuff.
So, if you do not want that to happen – you can quit using Gmail and switch to Tutanota.com as your primary Email service provider.
It is a secure and and open source private email service. You can use it via the web browser or download the app for Android/iOS. I’m personally using it as well.
You can create an account for free with limited storage and features. In either case, you can upgrade your subscription to support the service and unlock for functionalities.
6. Change your Search Engine
I did mention “Gmail” – which is the most popular email service right now. Similarly, Google is the best search engine there is.
No doubt about that. And, I won’t argue to the fact that it is the best way to find online resources you are looking for.
However, Google records a lot of your information when you click on a search result or type in a search term.
Accordingly, the advertisements on websites using Google’s Ad network gets influenced as well. Of course, it all comes back to “Personalization”. If you want to personalize stuff, you cannot protect your privacy. Period.
But, if you are ready to take your privacy more seriously and not allow Google to record your activity, start using some of the privacy focused search engines that I’ve mentioned on It’s FOSS.
7. Minimize the number of services you use
The fewer online services you use – the less chances of exposing your information online.
You have to avoid signing up for just about any service you see fit online.
Every information you need is just a search away – you can simply look it up on the Internet before deciding to use a service (if it is really necessary).
If you come across something new and want me to check it out for you first – let me know in the comments section below.
8. Change your DNS Service
DNS is important when we talk about online privacy.
To know what a DNS does and how it helps you protect your online identity, read our recent article on DNS servers.
Do note that when you use VyprVPN, it automatically utilizes the VyprDNS – which is a secure DNS service.
9. Read our ultimate smartphone security guide
I’ve already mentioned this, but with the number of smartphone users increasing, the privacy threat is becoming a real issue.
So, in that case, you need to read our ultimate smartphone security guide to make sure that you’re following the best security tips.
Protecting your online privacy is easier said than done. You will have to carefully sign up for the online services you use and think twice before clicking on anything online.
There are multiple services that focus on protecting users’ privacy. If you know about something that we missed mentioning here, let me know in the comments down below.
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