4 Major Privacy and Security Risks That We Often Overlook Every Day

You have set your secure passwords. You have also ensured to have only one password for each account which you have on the internet. Beyond that, you have enabled two-factor authentication on all of your accounts too.

With all of that, we can assure you that your internet accounts are now safe to a very good extent.

However, it is some of the little things that we don’t pay attention to that come back to bite us in the behind. Some of such things are:

Incognito Mode

That is the name that Google Chrome has chosen to call its safe browsing mode. If you were to check Firefox, you would see something on the line of Private Browsing instead. Other internet browsers have also devised different names for their methods of safe browsing.

When they say safe browsing, though, that is not all-inclusive.

Of course, the browser won’t save the history of what sites you went to and keep cookies, but that is not all there is to this. Your ISP, school/ employer sees your IP address and all you do on that network too.

Fix: what you want to achieve here is anonymity, so a secure VPN is what you need. This software will route your internet data through different servers and IP addresses that it is no longer associated with your computer.

Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks offer all the convenience that you can think of. Now, it doesn’t seem tasking to update your phone or laptop anymore since you are not the one paying for the data.

What you do not know is that public Wi-Fi networks lack the basic encryptions that should keep you safe when browsing the internet. That leaves your data at the mercy of the network operators and even hackers.

While the network operators can collect your data and sell to the highest bidder, hackers can gain a backdoor into your computer/ install malware.

Fix: if you don’t want to give up using public Wi-Fi networks at all, consider getting a VPN as suggested above too. They will help encrypt your data so that it is not available to anyone snooping around.

Device Updates

When you get a notification to update any of your smart devices, you might choose to leave that for later. Here, 'later' might be too late for you.

Every minute that you spend not updating your device is an extra minute for hackers to gain access to said devices.

This is because most updates come with fixes to bugs and system vulnerabilities that have been found by the software developer. Thus, downloading the update is the only thing that stands between you and becoming yet another victim of a hack.

Fix: This is pretty straightforward. Regularly check for device updates – and get them as soon as possible when they are available too.

Voice Assistants

You can just walk into your home and call on your Google Home unit to turn on the smart lights. You can ask it to set an appointment for the next day – and more. The Alexa unit is equally so intuitive that it can complete your orders for you when you mention what you’d like to buy on Amazon.

As cool as that sounds, these units are also spying on you from time to time.

Google is one company that has been caught at this. When it came to light that they had been recording even intimate conversations of users, the company claimed that it was to improve the software of the Assistant for better usage. We don’t know if that is an excuse that sits down well with us

Fix: before using any smart products at all, ensure you read the privacy policy to know what kind of data will be collected. If you have the option to, opt-out of data collection and reporting cases that they might provide to you.

source - techwarn