7 Tips to Protect Your Privacy Online

Updated: Jul 15

Ed. Note: We hope you grownups find these tips useful! They are topics we teach students about in Cyber Civics.

Nearly everything today is done online, from ordering groceries, buying home necessities and new clothes, and almost anything else you can think of. You can also have game subscriptions, movie streaming services, pay bills, and more with the technology of today.

While this is great and offers an antidote to all our old problems of wasting time, gas, and money to get to one place to buy what we need or to watch a movie, this also comes with some risks. The main risk is the loss of privacy when browsing online.

For example, anyone who knows how to encrypt or decrypt information could easily get into your bank account from your shopping accounts if you are using public wifi. Or, even if you are using a secure wifi connection, cookies can track your every move and target you with unwanted ads. Do I have your attention now? Good. Here are ways you can protect your privacy online.

Limit What You Share On Social Media

In this day and age, everyone is on social media, even your mom and grandma. With that being said, TMI (too much information) about you may be floating around cyberspace. Most social media sites ask you for basic information, such as your name, birthday, email, and more when you sign up.

While your personal information is used to build your profile, some of the information gathered is sold to advertisers. Within the settings, you can choose to make your accounts private and limit the type of ads shown to you. Also, it is a good rule of thumb to never share your location when you post.

You should also manage your digital reputation. Ask yourself if you’d want your mom or favorite teacher to read what you are about to post. Sometimes, we are the greatest harm to o