From ordering a t-shirt to managing your bank account, nowadays almost any task can be done online from a computer or smartphone. While this new convenience-obsessed era simplifies everyday life, it also presents countless security threats. Because technology and privacy are not synonymous, Hutcherson Law regularly handles invasion of privacy cases, assisting those who have suffered from an unwanted intrusion into their personal life. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps that you can take to better protect yourself from an invasion of privacy.
1. Password Protect Your Devices
Sure, it can be annoying to unlock your smartphone each and every time you want to check Instagram or Facebook. But, it would be a lot more annoying for someone to steal your phone, computer, or tablet and have full access to all of your messages, photos, and financial information. A simple password on your device is first line of defense against intruders.
2. Sign-Out of Your Accounts
Maybe you logged into your personal email from your work computer or left your Facebook account open on a friend’s laptop, but regardless of where you log in, always remember to log out. Logging out significantly reduces the opportunity for someone to start snooping when they reopen the browser. It just takes one click to better protect your privacy.
3. Change Your Facebook Settings
You might think that a simple status update about your upcoming month-long trip and a photo of your recent home improvement efforts are innocent posts. However, those attempting to invade your privacy can use this information as a tool. To prevent anyone on the Internet from accessing your photos, family members, and other personal information, change your Facebook settings to ensure the default privacy setting isn’t set to public. Always think twice about what information you are sharing and who you are sharing that information with. Our team also suggests limiting the amount of information that you give these sites. For example, be wary about providing data tied to your personal and financial security, password cues, location information, embarrassing posts, and medical information.
4. Clear Your Browser History
Change your browser settings so that your history automatically clears after each session. This is especially useful if you share a computer with others or are using a public computer. This is relatively easy and quick—go to the “Privacy” setting in your Browser’s “Options.” Tell it to “never remember your history.”
These are some of the easiest ways to better protect your privacy. Nevertheless, if you feel as though someone has invaded your privacy contact our team of Internet lawyers at Hutcherson Law today!