As a professional on-the-go who juggles several technology devices that contain your business information, you want to be sure to protect your devices. Forbes recently highlighted several ways to protect your privacy online, including:
Add encryption to your computer: This would require you to use a password or encryption key to access the computerâ€™s hard drive information. On a Mac, go to Settings and choose â€œSecurity and Privacy,â€ then â€œFileVault,â€ and select â€œTurn on Filevault.â€ For PCs, select Bitlocker.
Use authentication in Gmail: If you have a Gmail account, turn on two-step authentication, which means in order for your Gmail account to be accessed from a new device, a code will be need to sent to your phone. If someone ever gets access to your Gmail password, theyâ€™ll never be able to access it from a different computer because they wonâ€™t have the code.
Clear your browser history: Change your browser settings so that your search history and cookies are automatically cleared out after every session, and the amount youâ€™re tracked online is lessened. To do this, in your browserâ€™s â€œOptionsâ€ tab go to â€œprivacy.â€ Select â€œnever remember your history.â€
Set up Google Alerts: Find out what is being said about you online by entering your name and variations of your name (be sure to put quotations around it). Youâ€™ll receive notices whenever the search engine finds your name or the alerts you set on the Internet.
Source: â€œ10 Incredibly Simple Things You can do to Protect Your Privacy,â€ Forbes (Feburary 2013)