Stay private online

 

Posted: Jul 15, 2013 5:41 AM EST

Updated: Jul 15, 2013 8:02 AM EST

By Astrid Martinez – email

 

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) –

With so much private information being stored in various databases online, it’s natural to be concerned about your security. But with the recent NSA spying scandal, many people feel it more important than ever to hide online.

“It’s not necessarily because you’re doing something wrong, it’s just because you’re trying to have a little extra security and you want to protect your information,” said WBTV’s cyber expert┬áTheresa Payton.

But can you really hide your online tracks? Payton says, “It’s very hard to be 100% anonymous on the Internet.”

However, there are a few steps the average person can take to help protect their privacy online.

Here’s what to do:

Payton recommends, “Think about using email services like hush mail who say I’m never going to store information about you.”

An absolute must for the privacy-minded is to encrypt your online communications.

“There are a lot of great free encryption tools out there,” said Payton.

“I always recommend go to your service provider first and ask them if they have some that come standard for free with their product.”

If you want to be clandestine on the web, you can’t use Google or Bing

“They literally have analytics on you; they know where you started they even know when you’re done with the search engine what you did for many screens after you left,” said Payton.

“Search engines like duck duck go, they don’t track you.”

When used separately, each of these tactics isn’t enough to protect your online privacy. But when used together they can provide a high level of protection for an individual or business.

Here’s something else to think about: Turn off the GO codes on your phone that way you’re not always transmitting the exact location you’re at, every time you have a communication.

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