In recent years, it seems every man and his dog is on the internet. I’m of an age where I can remember NOT having access to the internet. We didn’t even have a computer at home! But I’m probably the last generation that does remember a world without the World Wide Web. Any one who’s anyone has a smart phone, a tablet, a home computer or a laptop – or, to be honest, probably all of them in the same household! Even my 90 year old Nan has a mobile. This is why it is crucial to understand the importance of privacy on the internet.
As someone who writes a blog, I obviously put a lot of myself out there for people to read. I regularly have internal discussions with myself about whether it’s right for me to share so much with the big wide world, but that’s a debate for another time! What I do know, is that because I am sharing personal things, I need to make sure I’m on top of my game when it comes to internet security.
I’ll admit I’m not the most tech savvy person. I had some IT issues with my blog last year that I had no idea how to rectify and I was devastated – I thought I was going to lose the whole thing! However, a fellow blogger and IT whizz came to my rescue and sorted it all out for me. I realised I had NO security whatsoever and I still don’t really have a clue about any of it! But there are certain things I now do to minimise the risk of any serious data breaches, or someone finding out information that I don’t want them to!
Whilst I do share certain personal details about myself and my children, I am cautious of keeping certain things private. I won’t mention where my children go to school, where I work or where I live. I like to be honest with my readers but equally there are things that don’t need to be said in order to protect the privacy of myself and more importantly, my children. I am becoming increasingly aware of this as we prepare for Alfie to start school this year.
I only recently switched my website from http to https. I didn’t really know the importance of doing this but it shows that you are a trusted website, that your website is safe and that your readers are safe using this website. If you use a website that you, for example, put your bank details in to, you really need to ensure it is a https site – most of them will have a padlock by the web address so you can ensure its safe.
Keeping your passwords safe is a huge factor in internet privacy, but having different passwords for different accounts is also important. Try not to have the same password for everything as if someone can hack one account, they can get in to all your other accounts. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, and be careful about opening emails or clicking on links that you don’t know or trust. It can be easy in this busy life to just click on anything but you really shouldn’t follow links that you are unsure of.
There are so many things you can do to protect yourself online – some are simple and some are a bit more complicated but if you regularly use the internet, it is really worth having a read here about what the key things to remember are, from the simple keeping your passwords safe to the importance of having a VPN.
I am definitely going to be brushing up on my knowledge this year and hopefully teaching my children the importance of internet privacy – after all, it’s going to be more important for them in the coming years.
*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post*