Nothing on the internet is private. Communications, pictures, videos—they’re all susceptible to prying eyes and have the potential to be misused. Here are the biggest privacy threats you face online today:
Webcam Access – While it’s rare, there are known exploits that allow others to access your webcam (such as malicious software or software security flaws). Putting a Post-it note over your webcam isn’t a bad idea. More webcams are coming with kill switches and shutters for peace of mind. Or, call us for an IT Radix cam cover.
Phishing Scams – Don’t expect these to go away any time soon. NEVER click links in emails from anyone you don’t know. Even if you do know them, verify that they themselves sent you the link—email addresses can be easily spoofed.
Web Browser Plug-ins – Vet every browser plug-in and extension you install. Many extensions collect your browsing history and sell it. Read the terms of service before you click install (a good rule of thumb for all software).
Ad Tracking – Web ads (and web ad providers, such as Facebook and Google) are notorious for tracking users. They want to know what you like so they can cater ads directly to you in the hopes that you’ll click the ad, which gives them ad revenue. It’s one of the many reasons why people use ad blockers.
Device Tracking – If you have a smartphone, chances are it’s being used to track your history. Customized ads are sent that are relevant to you in hopes that you’ll click on them. For companies like Facebook and Google, users are the product.
Protect your privacy. Think twice before posting and be mindful of what others may be able to see online.
Contact IT Radix here for more tips on avoiding online privacy threats.
First published in our March 2020 IT Radix Resource newsletter