Hello, everyone! In my last article, I discussed the upcoming and highly growing programming language in demand, Python and its setup in Windows. Python majorly used for analysing data and building Artificial Intelligent (AI) related products is in great demand in the Information Technology industry. To secure a well-paying job, one must get the skills strong in Python programming. To know how to setup python in windows (initial stage), click here. Today, I’ll be writing down on how you can use your browser in a well effective manner, that will help you keep your data safe and sound from any third party organization and hacking (if possible).
In today’s time, businesses are not only making profits by selling products and services, but they are also acquiring user data from a various number of sources, where they get to understand the user and make their strategies in that way. It is said that data is the new gold and it is quite well said. Data is indeed very valuable and equivalent to gold, as more the data your business has, more profits and more credibility you can increase. The use of data completely depends on the organization using it. It can be used in ethical ways and legitimate manner or in unethical ways or illegally.
Tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon and many more, acquire user data and they improve their systems so that user gets more value and relevant information based on his/her activity on the web. These companies acquire the data with complete user consent and thus they make use of it in a legit manner and provide better information and outcomes to you.
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How do they do it? Consider an example of you searching sports shoes on the web. After performing few activities and browsing few websites, you will realize that next day whatever website you open, you will get to see a sports shoe ad. This happens with understanding your behaviour, your activity and then based on that the companies provide you output as a shoe ad. This improves the overall user experience and gives user better interactivity. Though, keeping all this aside, how do you make sure that your data is safe while browsing? There are few ways and few things to take care of while you are browsing.
A number of browsers are available in the market such as, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Edge & more and each browser has few settings that you can use in order to make sure that your data is safe to a certain extent and it is not leaked for unethical purposes by any third party system. Some of the techniques that you can implement and take care of are:
- Never save passwords: You must have logged in to almost 100s and 1000s of websites online and you must have noticed that every time you log in, the browser will ask you to save the password. A pop up is shown as below and you will be provided with two options: Save and Never for this site. Click on ‘Never for this site’ and do not save passwords. Even if you own your laptop/desktop/mobile and no one uses it other than you, it is a big risk to security by saving passwords in your browser. Never do it.
- Clear cookie data every week or every month: A cookie is a data that is stored by websites, so that next time when you visit the same website, it will fetch data from your browser and not from the server. This helps in reducing the load time of a website and improves the overall user experience. Now in this case, even if the user experience and load time is improved and is much faster, always delete your cookie data, either every week or every month. Cookie data consists of sensitive information and a tech geek can make use of it in a number of ways. You surely do not want your personal data to pass on to some other user through cookies and thus it is important that you keep on clearing the cookie data often.
- Never save your debit/credit card details: There are a number of different websites which will ask for your debit/credit card information in order to make a purchase. Entering your data isn’t a risk as all the card information and the password associated with it is stored in encrypted (secured) format. The problem occurs when you save your card details for a future purchase. There are many websites which ask you to ‘Save your card’ in order to speed up the process of buying, but make sure next time you uncheck it and don’t allow any website to do so. It will enhance the experience for you and will speed up the process, but it may harm your security.
- Block third-party pop-ups: Third party pop-ups are displayed when a website is interlinked with another third-party website. I am sure you must have experienced that. When clicking on a login button or on a buy button, the website asks you to allow pop-ups and when you allow them, only when the page loads. Keep the default setting for this as either ‘Always asks for pop-ups’ or ‘Block third-party pop-ups’. Any of the two options will do, but always allowing pop-ups to open is a risk.
- Scan your content settings in your browser: If a website is making use of the camera, microphone or any other component of your system, make sure you give permission to such things only on legit websites. Giving permission to random websites of your device is highly risky and may harm the security of your data. Also, other than providing permission, there are other content settings which you can manage and set according to your preferences which will help you keep your data safe.
The above-mentioned methods and tips will help you be safer while browsing the internet and also will ensure that your data is not leaked by an illegal website and third-party system through the browser. Stay safe and make sure, whatever you browse and whichever website you visit, you do not provide your data unintentionally.
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Author: Akshay Rakesh Toshniwal