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Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Intrusion

 “We hack everyone everywhere,” says IT contractor turned whistleblower Snowden.
 
Recently, former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked information that shows that the US government is spying not just rival countries but even on its own citizens. “You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying,” Snowden reveals. 
 

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We will not delve into the political significance of such a revelation. But this bit of information highlights the need to take measures to keep your personal information safe.  

 

Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online

 
A post on USA.gov’s blog advises citizens to 1) choose strong passwords, 2) only access personal information through secure connections (avoid free and public wi-fi) and 3) always read the privacy policy 
 
Let’s discuss each of these. 
 

Strong Passwords

 
A strong password must be a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Cracking passwords is now considered to be just a hobby for amateurs. It makes sense to make your passwords hard to crack and change them often. 
 
Most people have the same password on all sites that they register to. The problem is that it’s not easy to remember passwords for all those sites. One solution is to use Roboform to generate and remember passwords. You can set Roboform to have a password before it auto-fills forms for you. Make sure that your Roboform password is really strong and that you change it often. 

 

Using Only Secure Connections

 
There are some simple steps you can follow to secure your home or office connections. While this is not 100% bulletproof, it still provides some level of protection and it makes it a little tougher for intruders to get your personal information. If you want a better protection, you can use a VPN service. 
 
It’s easier for script kiddies to get your information when you get online using free or public internet. It’s even more important to access your information using a VPN when using public or free connections. A VPN will encrypt your data so even if a snooper captures your data, all they get will be gibberish. It only takes a few minutes of online research to find the best VPN service out there. 
 

Privacy Policies

 
Of course very few people actually read the privacy policy. It’s not practical to do. An article on The Atlantic estimates that it would take 76 working days to read all the privacy policies that you encounter in a year. The article goes as far as saying that reading privacy policies could potentially cost 781 billion US dollars each year!
 
A more practical approach would be to watch out for the information that they ask you on their registration forms. If it’s in the registration form, consider that they will use that information you gave them. 
 
A good rule to follow would be not to share anything that you won’t be comfortable sharing with the rest of the world. 
 
Author Bio
 
Arvin Buising is a freelance writer. He blogs at https://www.arvinbuising.com/. He also writes for bestvpnservicereview.com, a site that reviews the best vpn services available and the various VPN software available. 
 
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