Today’s list is all about protecting your digital data. This data can be anything – ranging from a file you send to your friend to the websites that you have visited the past week. Your simple goal is for this information to not fall into unwanted hands.
The following three tips will help you accomplish this goal:
Tip 1: Encrypt your files before you send them to a contact online
There are numerous ways in which files can be transferred online. The most secure of these options involve encrypting your files. But if these files are somehow intercepted, hackers know that the data contained within the file is important, otherwise the file would not be encrypted in the first place. A tool that offers quite a different and unsuspecting form of encryption is DeepSound.
DeepSound is a freeware application for Windows that encrypts files within audio files. The application basically uses the audio file as a ‘carrier wave’ for the digital files that you want to encrypt. Supported audio formats include WAV, WMA, and FLAC. Files can be added to the audio and then sent to whichever contact you want online. On the file’s surface, it would behave like any other audio file i.e. it can be played and will play the original carrier audio file’s audio. But drop the files into a DeepSound window and the encrypted files will be revealed. An optional password can be added that is required before the files are decrypted. And in this simple way, your files are securely encrypted in a very unsuspecting way.
You can read more DeepSound over here.
Tip 2: Regularly clean up the internet browsing traces left on your computer
If somebody else is using your computer, you would not want them to be able to easily see which websites you have been visiting. That information could be very harmful or damaging, depending on who has it and depending on what it is. Therefore it is best to play it safe and regularly clean out the temporary internet files and cookies that are left by your browser. There are many tools that let you do this but for Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox users, an app called IE Privacy Keeper will serve excellently.
IE Privacy Keeper is a nifty desktop application that helps clean out traces of internet browsing left by Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. In addition to cleaning out the web browser cookies plus various other internet related traces and files, the application performs system cleanups as well; it can clean out Windows temporary files, thoroughly delete files from the recycle bin, clean out the recently opened files list in numerous application and a lot more.
To get a more in-depth look into IE Privacy Keeper, click here.
Tip 3: Make it impossible for websites to track you
Most people do not take their online privacy as seriously as they should. But this trend is changing and an increasing number of internet users are growing concerned about being e-tracked. To make it impossible for sites to track your online activity, simply install the Epic web browser and use it as your default internet browsing tool.
Epic, in my opinion, is currently the best web browser available if you are concerned about your online privacy. It automatically disables ads, tracking cookies, tracking scripts, history logging, browser extensions, and a lot more. It also provides users with a built in proxy server feature that lets you access sites that might be blocked in your geographical area. Having residential IP based proxy works better compared to general data center based proxy IP.
To read more about Epic, click this link.
I hope you found the abovementioned tips useful. If you have any more tips to add to this list, simply let others know via the comments section.