A Google recently announced the launch of its tool “Results on whether“, which can help users remove search results that contain personally identifiable information. It is one of the newest and best online privacy promotion measureswhich is important to make known.
In fact, this feature generally makes it easier for users to track how their personal information (such as a phone number or address) is removed from online search results.
There are, therefore, some easy-to-implement behaviors that can be applied by any user.
First, while such features are useful, they only remove the lookup link, not the data itself. However, the best thing is that personal data does not appear on the Internet, in case you want to keep it private.
In this way, we’ve collected the tips Kaspersky’s experts share on how to protect personal data on the web.
1. Adjust privacy settings
over sharing – the sharing of data that should have been left private – takes place on social networks. While it is natural for people to share with friends and families, this carries a number of risks, such as doxing.
Privacy settings come to the rescue, and while they may seem complex and overwhelming, there are privacy tips that can make your social media use safe and enjoyable.
2. Be careful what you share online
In the classic children’s literature, Hansel and Gretel, two children who got lost in the forest, marked their way with bread crumbs.
The Internet works much the same way. Every time people use digital services, their activity leaves behind pieces, ‘crumbs’ of information.
A crumb can be something like a post on social media, a tag on a photo, or an online purchase. So, when combined, the crumbs create a single whole; users’ digital footprint, which can be used to identify them online.
3 Fighting web tracking
Every day users can visit dozens of websites or digital services. Many of them collect data about people’s online activities, often without visitors even knowing.
Indeed, this information can be used to profile the user. Potential criminals can then infer the interests of potential victims to show targeted advertising banners.
Therefore, various solutions, such as browser extensions or components in security solutions, limit web tracking, preventing websites from collecting information about you.
4. Two padlocks are better than one
To fully protect your account, always use two-factor authentication (2FA) where it is available.
While strong and, more importantly, unique passwords are mandatory, 2FA makes it incredibly harder for hackers to steal the account and obtain the private data stored there.
On the other hand, as it is impossible to remember passwords for all websites and applications, the safest option is to use a password manager to create strong and unique passwords for all accounts.
In this case, users only need to create a strong and unique master password to use such an application every day.
This master password must be really long and complex. To create one, users can use different tricks, such as the ‘History Algorithm’ method. It is based on using familiar phrases or words that make sense to people and will not only help you remember the password but also make it a strong match.
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