Do you really want Facebook to share your browsing history with advertisers? I for one, do not wish to share anything with Facebook, nor do I feel compelled to use it.
If you want to learn how to stop them from selling your browsing information to advertisers, read Angela's article.
When you're using a public computer at the library or a hotel, there are hidden dangers that you should be mindful of such as key-logging software. That type of malicious software can capture your sensitive log-in information without your knowledge.
I make it a point never to use public computers; I travel with a used laptop with a VPN installed.
I came across a good article entitled, "You Should Treat Public Computers Like Public Bathrooms". It shows you what to be mindful of if you have no choice but to use a public computer.
"When I was in college, the main campus library had several computers set up on the first floor for public use, and invariably, whenever I used one, a previous user had not logged out of her Gmail account. So when I tried to load my account, I would instead find myself staring at the entire contents of someone else’s inbox. Of course, I would then log that person out and sign myself in—but those brief moments when I had complete access to another person’s email were terrifying nonetheless. How could people be so careless with something as valuable as their email account?" -Josephine Wolff
VPN = Private Internet Access (PIA)
I've used several different VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) over the years, but ever since I started using Private Internet Access in January 2013... I've never looked back.
Of course there are many other features that are useful but you can read through those on Private Internet Access' website.
Unsecured Public WiFi Connections
Whether you travel a lot or just prefer using public WiFi, you should definitely consider using Private Internet Access to secure your connection.
Who should consider adding strong public WiFi security encryption layers to protect your privacy and data?
That's an excellent question and the short answer is, "YOU".
Do you perform any of the following activities while using an unsecured public WiFi access point (eg: cafe, library, bookstore, airport or hotel)?
If you answered, "Yes" to one or more of above then you should sign-up without further delay to enjoy all the same benefits that I do.
Low Cost Peace Of Mind For 5 Devices
I recommend paying for the $39.95 yearly subscription because then you'll receive the lowest price possible.
Now, if you take the $3.33/month cost a step further and divide that by 5 devices, it's a mere $0.67/device each month.
If you're not 100% convinced, then sign-up for a month initially ($6.95). You can always pay the yearly subscription after your 30 day test drive.
Computer Settings Once PIA is Installed
Smartphone App Settings
Watching Netflix With PIA App Loaded via 4GLTE
It protects my privacy in 2 ways:
- Stops nearby prying eyes who may be using spy software to intercept login information.
- Prevents Netflix from tracking my actual location through their app.
I don't know about you, but that's completely unacceptable to me.
Don't despair, you can stop it from happening by reading Thorin's article on LifeHacker.
As we mentioned, the way this data collection works is that it compares your online data with offline shopping habits. So, the easiest solution to keep it from happening? Don't use the same phone number or email address on your Facebook account as you do when you sign up for loyalty or discount cards. -Thorin Klosowski
Hackers can do a lot worse than steal your data and identity. They can wipe your digital life almost entirely so you'll never get it back.
If not, you'll be amazed how much information about your online activity is being collected without your knowledge.
Our clients were huge companies and one of the services we offered was to collect information about people, their demographics, income, and habits, and then roll it up so they could get a complete picture about who you are and how to convince you to buy their products. In some cases, we designed web sites and campaigns to convince you to provide even more information in exchange for a coupon, discount, or the simple promise of other of those. It works very, very well. -Alan Henry
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