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5 Steps to Follow If You Are Obsessed with Online Privacy

Online privacy has become a joke with everyone having access to your user data. Be it the search giants, social media firms, ISPs, or advertising companies, all are maximizing profits analyzing consumer data. In this article at Fast Company, Michael Grothaus shares tips to protect your online privacy.

Best Practices for Online Privacy

One of the ways to regain a bit of your online privacy is to start using Brave or Firefox. The best way, however, would be to never be online, which is next to impossible. Following are the 5 ways you can protect your rights to online privacy:

Delete the Famous Social Media Accounts: If you are using Facebook, you have already given up your online privacy. You are posting personal information on your own volition that Facebook is trading off to another company. Along with Facebook, delete Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media company owns both apps.

Make a Private Account Elsewhere: Use Twitter and Reddit for online activities but make the accounts private and do not accept followers. Being anonymous allows you to monitor others without revealing your own details. Additionally, do not provide personal details if you can help.

Never Give Out Your Phone Number for Two-Factor Authentication: Websites now prompt for two-factor authentication. While it is a good step towards protecting online privacy, they also ask for phone numbers. Never provide your real number. Use a disposable phone number that you can get from Walmart stores or airports. You can also use the Burner app to receive a virtual phone number.

No Google: Just like Facebook, you cannot have online privacy with Google around. Delete the account and use DuckDuckGo as your search engine, OpenStreetMap for directions, and Tutanota to send emails.

Browse Safe: If you are off Google, get rid of Chrome too. Use Tor web browser that does not allow websites to detect your location. Otherwise, Firefox and Brave are safe options. These browsers follow strict online privacy protocols for their users. They also force HTTPS to prevent ISP from tracking your online activities.

To view the original article in full, visit the following link: https://www.fastcompany.com/90316917/the-paranoid-persons-guide-to-online-privacy

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