Every browser has configuration settings for privacy and security. For maximum internet privacy, make some changes to yours so that it doesn’t accept ‘cookies’ from sites you have not visited before.

It is safe to accept cookies from sites you visit, but not the ones you haven’t visited or visited mistakenly. Turn on the settings that clear cookies when you end your session or close the window.

4. Change Your Social Media Settings

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all have privacy settings that are updated regularly for both the desktop site and the mobile app. For internet privacy, adjust your settings and decide how much information you want visible to strangers.

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On Facebook, blocking strangers from seeing your data does not protect your privacy completely. Check the right boxes to ensure that the social media provider shares your content only with your consent.

5. Add Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication can mean the difference between safe data and complete and total destruction, so that you are usually the first to know if someone is hacking your account. Add it to your primary email addres and to any other application that offers this service. For added internet privacy, use  VPN to mask your IP address so that intruders won’t be able to locate you.

6. Install Software Protection

Spyware and malware are two huge threats to internet security. You should not be online unless you have some type of protection from these software threats. Install reputable anti-spyware products on both your computers and your mobile devices. You can choose from free open-source products or paid subscriptions. Choose the product that best suit your needs and provides the features you need. Do not click on strange pop-up windows. Steer clear of weird links. Close windows that ask unexpected questions and always download reputable applications from reputable sources.

7. Use Strong Passwords

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See the internet as your money bank. If you have 100 billion dollars in your account, how would you guide it. Use very strong passwords that even your close friends will not be able to guess right. Don’t be among the dumbbells who use, ‘password’ as their password.

8. Keep Your Software Up to Date

Software updates present themselves at the least convenient times. But updating your system in a timely manner helps protects your computer against threats. Many updates come with fixes to vulnerabilities in your software found by the software provider or by less savory characters. These vulnerabilities are a problem because criminals can take advantage of any vulnerabilities present and use them as a way into your computer and your data. Software updates address these changes and keep your information protected.

See Also: 40 Internet Acronyms Only Social Media Savvies Know

I hope you found these 8 tips useful. They will shield you from major internet disaster if strictly adhered to. Best of luck!