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8 Tricks for Protecting Your Privacy Online

Just one mistake and you probably might end up losing a lot of money, or maybe a subject of harassment. To prevent such misfortunes you must be aware of providing any vital information regarding your privacy. Here are some tricks that you can do to protect your privacy online:
1. Create a strong and secure password.
The more complicated the password, the better it is. A secure password which you need to create should ideally consist of upper case or lower case letters, numbers, spaces and other characters such as a hyphen, exclamation point or an underscore to make it tricky and difficult to crack. You have to use different passwords if you have various accounts or email addresses. As a backup measure, you need to note down your passwords as well as your accounts. This will come handy in the future in case you forget your passwords.
2. Do not use your main email address in public.
When sending messages or posting information to websites, chat rooms or other unknown groups where you may need to mention your email address, it is better to use an alternative email address. This is to protect you main email address from public viewing and avoid unscrupulous messages. Your main email address should be limited to those whom you know and trust.
3. Do not reveal your personal information to unknown or untrusted websites.
Personal information such as your full name, address, telephone numbers and credit card details should not be given easily. If a site requires you to provide your personal information you have the option not give it especially with untrusted websites.
4. Do not reply to spam messages.
Spam messages are sent to undisclosed recipients that can be you. Unsolicited messages are randomly sent and can be in a form of job offers, financial deals, discount offers and other enticing content which may ask some personal information about you. These messages are intriguing and tempting. If you open these messages expect more spam messages to flood your inbox. Make sure to activate your spam settings.
5. Limit your personal information when signing in to new accounts or websites.
If you sign or register for a new online account or service with websites, just fill in the necessary required fields which are oftentimes indicated with asterisks (*). You need not fill in the rest if you opt not to.
6. Create a pseudonym for online accounts or alternate email addresses.
For your security and privacy, you can use a pseudonym instead of your real name for online accounts or alternate email addresses. Make sure to note this down so you would not forget.
7. Make your security question available for your eyes only.
Aside from your password, the next level for your privacy protection is your security question. If you answer a question, do not make it simple; make sure it is difficult to figure out.
8. Be cautious of website promo, prize and money offers.
So-called offers are empty promises: they say that with just one click, you are guaranteed of their special offer. Before you click and accept, however, you must think that this is just to entice you. Websites who do this have hidden agendas. You can either ignore it or you can use an alternate email address to check it out.

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