There was a time when advertisements on every website you visit were so annoying and irritating. It won’t matter how these advertisements were shown to you, either in-line or in the form of pop-ups.
So some people designed adblockers, which made our life so simple. Just install the extension in your browser, and the job is done. It will block all the ads for you.
Then these tools became smarter. They didn’t just block ads, but they also started blocking trackers and malware. These browser extensions do not just book ads, but also provide some sense of security and privacy.
Personal data harvesting and profiling has become the norm in the online world today. It’s a rat race and no one wants to be left behind. Everyone learned it from Google, then Facebook on how they started with data mining and created a huge empire just by collecting and monetizing users’ personal information.
When someone is running a business, it’s hard not to follow the trend. No one wants to become a Nokia or Kodak. Sometimes they are forced to follow the trend, just to make sure that they are not left behind in the race or become obsolete.
When it comes to internet surfing, the internet browser is one thing you can’t live without. We use it on all our devices and some of us also want to sync it across devices e.g. your favorites, passwords, etc.
There is no doubt that Google Chrome today is the browser of choice for most of us and it captures 70%+ market share in 2020.
We all very well know by now that we are being tracked everywhere we go. Even if we want to, it’s not possible for an average Joe to protect his full privacy.
When it comes to…
High-profile accounts like Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West, investor Warren Buffett and corporations including Apple, Wendy’s, Uber, and many other high and low profile verified twitter accounts were hacked recently.
When verified high-profile twitter accounts (accounts with blue tick mark sign) are not safe then nothing is safe online.
Hackers sent the following tweet from these verified twitter accounts:
“Everyone is asking me to give back, and now is the time,” “You send $1,000, I send you back $2,000.”
A tweet was sent from these high-profile accounts promising to double all payments sent to…
When you want to protect your online privacy, then the very first thing that comes to anyone’s mind is to use a VPN service. Why? Because VPN is the simplest and easiest solution you can have. It’s just like anti-virus software. “Install and Forget” and rest will be taken care of automatically.
If you want to read more about VPN, then you can read my story on Medium.
Any VPN software will provide the following basic protection:
It’s almost five years old story. I was out of the country on a long-term business assignment and I was living with my partner in London. Though we were in a live-in relationship for almost a year, we had our own private lives. I was the person of “going slow” nature, but he was impatient I think. Just like Google, he wanted to know everything about me as early as he could. I wanted to take some time to fully trust him before I could be more vulnerable in front of him.
He had the opinion that whenever you want…
Will you ever say NO to an anti-virus software? Well, I thought so. Then, why would you not care to use VPN software?
We never go online without having an anti-virus software turned on. Similarly, everyone should use a VPN nowadays on all of your devices connected to the internet including your smart home devices.
In the initial days, VPN was meant for journalists, activists, and whistleblowers kind of people or it was meant for the general population to bypass the geographical restrictions. For example, you wanted to watch Netflix when you are traveling outside of the US.
Step-by-step Guide and My First Step towards Fully Quitting Google.
When it comes to protecting your online privacy and hiding from the prying eyes, the first thing that comes in anyone’s mind is quitting Google.
We are so much into Google products It affects almost all the aspects of our lives starting from when we wake up in the morning until we go to sleep, sometimes even in our sleep. Google is tracking us everywhere.
However, as we say “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”, quitting Gmail is that very first step.
Emails are part…
Social Ratings are coming, which will change the way how companies will do business in the near future. Social Ratings are another reason why we shouldn’t share everything online.
Social ratings are just a glimpse of what’s coming and how our own data will be used against us.
But, before we talk about what Social Ratings are and how they are going to impact us, let us first understand the basics of Online Privacy and data collection.
When it comes to Online Privacy, we can divide the entire population of the world into four categories.
Until recently, I thought that I will never write on this topic because there is no need. It is such an old topic, so much has already been written about it, and when it comes to protecting your digital life, this the most basic thing you need, which can easily be addressed.
Well, I was wrong.
I was helping my father recently with his online photo management when I came to know that he doesn’t have 2FA enabled for his accounts. Fair enough. He was also using the same password almost everywhere because of obvious reasons.
I suggested that he…
Be Aware. Become Wiser. Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, Privacy is yours.