Category: Digital Identity

Maintain Online Privacy

One of the wonderful things about the Internet is the capacity to share information quickly and with a lot of people.

Conversely, one of the big problems with the Internet is people with malicious internet obtaining your confidential information.  Everyone from the ‘Big Brother’ of Facebook, Google and others watching everything we do to scammers trying to steal from us.

Here are some actions you can consider to protect your online security

  1. Have up to date anti-virus and anti-malware on all of your computer devices
  2. Don’t give out information that you don’t want scammers to have, unless you are sure of the person or website you are giving it to.
  3. Be careful – if something looks too good to be true then it’s likely to be a scam
  4. Never click on a link or open an attachment unless you are sure it is safe
  5. Avoid public WI-FI if you intend to access online banking or anything else that needs to be secure.

Website Browsing

There are a number of things you can do to make your website browsing more private and safer.

  • Use the privacy/incognito mode
  • Block web activity trackers
  • Block your ads
  • Use encrypted messengers
  • Get a VPN
  • Avoid non-https:// websites for input of confidential information
  • Clear your cookies regularly
  • Use secure/encrypted email providers

The  guide at https://thebestvpn.com/online-privacy-guide/ contains a lot more information on what you can do to maintain your online privacy.

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Tracking You Through Browser Fingerprinting

Browser fingerprinting (also called device fingerprinting or online fingerprinting) refers to how some websites can track you across your Internet activities.

Basically it is the process of collecting information about your computer, not through cookies which is the usual method, but by how your device connects to the web sites. You don’t need to give permission to a web site to do this – it cannot be avoided.

These fingerprints can include data such as geographic location, the browser and operating system that is in use, screen resolution, system fonts, system architecture, browser plugins and system hardware.

All innocent stuff, but with enough such data, it is possible to track individuals across websites and use that information to build up a picture of the person.

That can be used for ‘positive’ reasons such as targeted advertising or for companies wanting to understand more about their customers or to restrict access to authorised users but can also be used for fraud.

There is no way to delete your browser fingerprint and no way to block it’s creation.

Some website owners and advertising networks share browser fingerprinting functionality to perform cross-site tracking. That means they use your online fingerprint to track you across the web, and collect details about you: your search history, shopping, news preferences and more.

If you have any experiences with these scams do let me know, by email.

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