Simple steps to protect your privacy

Simple steps to protect your privacy

<p>In the era of Facebook and Twitter, it might seem that privacy is history. But it doesn't have to be. The reality is, Forbes recently ran a story detailing some simple measures you can take to boost your privacy in the Internet age. If you don't take these steps, then you've got no one to blame but yourself if cyber criminals obtain access to your bank information, e-mail messages or other private data.</p> <p><strong>Password Protect</strong></p> <p>Password-protecting your mobile devices &ndash; your tablets, laptops and smartphones &ndash; is your first line of defense. If thieves need to first guess your password before they can turn on your iPad or Amazon Fire, the odds are lower that they&rsquo;ll gain access to your private data. As Forbes says, password-protecting your mobile devices is no different than locking your car doors when you park at the store.</p> <p><strong>The Power of Google Alerts</strong></p> <p>To protect your privacy, you may want to find out what people are writing about you online. To do this, set up a Google Alert in your name. You&rsquo;ll then receive a message whenever someone says something with regards to you online. As Forbes says, there is no easier way to track what&rsquo;s being said about you.</p> <p><strong>Signing Out Matters</strong></p> <p>You just completed changing your Facebook page. You've just transferred money electronically to your PayPal account. What do you do now? Be sure, before leaving the site, that you simply sign out. This is especially important if you're using a computer at a library or other public space. You wouldn't want the next user to see your accounts and gain easy access because you're still signed in. We're all busy. However you are not too busy to remember to sign out.</p>