How to Stay Private in a Connected World – Part II: Keep Snoopers Guessing

Internet safetyWe were recently asked by Ottawa Victim Services for tips for staying safe and anonymous online. Follow our three part series to learn more (read Part I here)! 

Keep Snoopers Guessing

If you’re concerned that an individual may be tracking you, follow these tips to keep them guessing:

Use an anonymous browser: If someone else has access to your computer, they may also be able to see where and what you’ve done online. Most browsers have anonymous modes. Google Chrome allows you to use Incognito mode (see here for instructions) which lets you surf the web and deletes all the activity and history keeping your track record clean.

Use an anonymous service: If you want to surf the web completely anonymously you can use a free service like Tor. Tor bounces your information through a series of secure servers keeping you hidden from the website you are visiting.

Use two stage authentication when possible: Two stage authentication (or two factor in the IT industry) in the web world means that when you log into a website with your username and password you will also be forced to enter another code, typically one sent to your cellphone via text message. This will prevent people from logging into a website as you even if they have your user name and password. Both Google and Apple support the process.

Use login notifications: If you feel like someone might already have access to your accounts, use login notifications when you can. Services like Facebook will send you an email whenever you log in. This will help alert you if someone besides yourself has accessed your account.

Use webmail vs a desktop mail application: If you have the option, when sending emails I usually recommend using webmail instead of a desktop mail application. 

Stay tuned for “Secure Your Cellphone”, Part III of our online safety series!

Post by Mathew Lafrance, President, Grade A