Perhaps you’re a very diligent person. You update drivers when necessary. You even get out a can of compressed air to clean the dust out of your keyboard. However, how often do you check the privacy settings on your computer? This may be an important area you’re overlooking and it could have serious implications for you and the private information you store on your computer.
Begin by investigating the privacy settings of your web browser. Most browsers come with a default setting, giving you a minimum level of protection. However, you may prefer to set a higher threshold of protection especially if you are on a network doing a lot of file transfers and p2p sharing with software like Ares and Ares Galaxy. Remember that selecting a higher level of privacy may limit your ability to download files and even view certain websites. If you use more than one kind of browser, remember to check the privacy settings on each one.
Next, make sure your firewall is set to the appropriate level of privacy. This is your biggest protection against viruses and potential hackers. These people may want to troll your computer for personal information, your personal address book, and financial data. If you use the Windows operating system, it comes with a built-in firewall. However, you can find free and fee-for-use firewalls that provide additional protection.
Remember that you can choose your privacy settings when you use programs like Skype, Google, and iTunes. Keep in mind that these companies likely have default settings that allow them to access your information. If it’s important for you to keep your transactions private, make sure you choose enhanced privacy settings before initiating any activity with these programs.
Finally, if anyone else in your home or office uses your computer, there is a chance that person could alter your privacy settings. So, it’s a good idea to check them before you begin working on any shared computer.