3 Steps to Help Reduce Your Online Privacy Concerns

By Ryan C. Williams

Concerns about your private information such as internet passwords are valid and reasonable. Especially when there are simple things you can do to reduce these concerns. Follow these steps to help reduce your privacy concerns:

  • Don’t submit your personal information on computers you don’t own. This includes your work computer. If you don’t want people seeing what you’re typing or viewing on the Internet, restrict your activity to your own computer. Your boss will probably be happier that way, too.

  • Set your web browser to private browsing. Chrome may call it something different from Firefox, but the gist of the function is that the browser doesn’t store cookies or track browser history while in this mode. You may forego some of the convenience of browsing the web, but you do gain a measure of privacy.

    You can also turn on Do Not Track, a relatively new browsing feature that keeps companies from tracking your Internet activity via cookies. Not all browsers support this function yet, but Firefox has taken the lead in providing Do Not Track to users.

  • Don’t give out personal information, including your e-mail address. Even if you’re trying to win a fabulous prize, be aware that the company running the contest wants your personal information to better track and market to you. Opt out of any mailings, and maybe even use a dedicated e-mail account for the spam you’ll likely receive if the lure of the prize is too great.