Computers, smartphones and Internet-connected gadgets have made our lives easier to the point where we'd be stuck without them. The flip side is that the more we rely on them, the more data passes through them — and potentially out of our control. Sadly, these devices are often poorly privacy-protected; for example a 2016 study of Android devices showed a shocking 34% of users don't even have a passcode set!
But never fear — we're here to help you avoid being a scary statistic. We've compiled step-by-step guides to protecting your privacy on these devices:
We encourage you to go through the guides relevant for your devices for specific tips including screenshots. (Please note that the guides may not apply to all devices and operating systems.)
Regardless of device, here are some steps that everyone should take:
- Set a password or passcode.
- Encrypt your computer and phone.
- Don't use an admin account for daily use.
- Remove unneeded apps and extensions.
- Keep your devices up-to-date.
- Review which apps can access your personal data.
- Choose browsers or extensions that protect your privacy as you surf the web – like the DuckDuckGo browser!
These steps are quick and simple, but they go a long way to keeping your personal information safe and helping you sleep soundly at night.