Privacy for the Paranoid
There are a litany of ways your online data is tracked and shared. While returning to the relative privacy of pre-internet days is a pipe dream, it’s important to understand and limit the information you’re sharing online.
Securing your online life can seem like a daunting task. I put together a checklist to make it easy. The full list is on Github and is updated as I learn more.
There are five basic steps everybody should take:
- Set up 2FA on all of your logins.
- Set different passwords for all of your accounts. Use a password manager like 1Password or LastPass.
- Pay attention to whether a website uses http or https. Never type a password or other sensitive info into a website that only uses http.
- Update your Google settings to limit what Google tracks and update Facebook to limit what you share with others. See how.
- Install a VPN on your computer and phone.
The full checklist goes into much more detail, including sections on:
- securing your credit
- private online transactions
- alternate web services that don’t track you
You can find the full list here on Github. If you have any suggested additions, edits, or more, let me know and I’ll add you to the repo.