President Trump recently signed off a congressional resolution to repeal internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama Administration.
According to the NY Times, the congressional resolution permits broadband internet service suppliers, such as cable and telecommunications companies to effortlessly track and sell a customer’s online information.
Until stronger privacy protection rules are put into place, your online privacy rests in your own hands. Here are some changes you can make to increase your internet security.
Use a VPN
A Virtual Private Network or VPN is a virtualized extension of a private network that operates within a public network. It enables users to send and receive data anonymously to prevent your internet service provider from collecting your browser data. In other words, a VPN ensures the privacy of your web session, transmitted data, financial transactions and personal information online, no matter where you are.
Use a secure browsing extension
Created by Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ‘HTTPS Everywhere’ browser extension is a must-have. Unlike the HTTP extension that sends your data in plain text, the HTTPS extension secures and protects all incoming and outgoing connections to your web browser by encrypting your data with SSL technology. Using a secure browser extension serves as a barrier which prevents your internet service provider or ISP, from seeing the content of the websites you visit.
Try to avoid free public Wi-Fi
Whenever you connect to a free public Wi-Fi network, you not only open your device to the ISP of that network, but also to everyone else connected to the network. However, if you must use public Wi-Fi, verify the network and avoid visiting websites that store your personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers.
Keep your software up to date
With the uncertainty of data security, it is vital to stay up-to-date with the latest operating system and web browser to prevent bugs that could compromise your private information.
Adjust your DNS
Domain Name System or DNS, is a system that automatically translates Internet addresses such as example.com to a numeric machine-readable IP address. However, Geektimes explains that since your device is often configured to use the DNS of your ISP provider, all the requests sent by your browser are recorded by your ISP. To prevent this you could either avoid using your ISP’s DNS, set your device to use OpenDNS or use other third-party DNS providers.
For additional info on why people should maximize their online security, check out the video below.
By Samantha Romero