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AfricaSystems - May 16, 2022, 8:36 a.m. -

Privacy on the internet

The digital data that we produce on the internet is used frequently without our knowledge …

The digital data that we produce on the internet is used frequently without our knowledge and therefore without our consent for advertising purposes. Indeed, we are all data producers: whether it is the states and their information services which have created countless statistical databases, web players such as operators and all the major players in distribution, then there is to us, inhabitants of the connected planet, who produce an enormous amount of data every day such as emails, photos, videos, posts on social networks, online purchases, etc. This large production certainly has positive aspects, but also many negative sides, when the collections are diverted from their primary goals. It is therefore imperative that each individual protects their personal data by following a few basic rules, including:

- Control your smartphone

The applications installed on smartphones are a gold mine of information for marketing departments: your movements, your consumption habits, you no longer hold any secrets from them! To avoid being tracked, turn off geolocation in your settings.

- Do not allow any data sharing

Except when it is really useful, and refuse in other cases

- Use an antivirus

It is important to install antivirus software on any computer or phone, whether or not it is connected to the internet. This is a great way to prevent online fraud and protect against damage to a device.
It also helps prevent third-party intrusion, and helps identify weak points in a computer / phone and strengthen access points.
By installing an antivirus, the data stored on your device remains secure and inaccessible to malicious people

- Use only HTTPS links

In the navigation bar, sites mentioning HTTP or any other derivation are generally not secure. Being able to be created by a cybercriminal or a hacker, this site makes it easy to read the communications between the user and the website. By visiting HTTPS sites (the S stands for Secure), you can be sure that you are following basic security requirements.

- Block cookies

Cookies are small files installed without the knowledge of the Internet user, which are intended to detect and record Internet browsing information in order to provide targeted advertising.

- Secure passwords

These should be created preferably long, with numbers, upper and lower case letters and special characters. This is the best way to protect your data.

- Make passwords more complex

To make it difficult for hackers, you have to create original passwords. They must be optimized to be impossible to guess. You should therefore avoid incorporating birthdays, nicknames at school or at work, names of pets or any other easy-to-guess combinations.
NB: At first glance, remembering passwords can be difficult. Fortunately, there are other ways besides storing them on the computer or the phone; which is not safe. For example, password managers can be used to secure hundreds of unique passwords.
If necessary, these managers can also generate random passwords. (Lastpass, Keepass or even 1password) are just a few examples.

- Be very careful on social networks and sort through

Always put accounts in private mode and publish photos, videos, with discretion, while making the choice of friends, and groups to integrate.

- Use a proxy server and a nickname

A proxy server is an intermediary between a computer and the internet, thus hiding the identity of its user. There are many that can be downloaded for free.

- Ensure its e-reputation

We rarely think about it, but watch what is said about us on the networks regularly by typing his name in search engines and do not hesitate to send emails to sites, blogs and search engines to have them deleted content that violates privacy.

The digital data that we produce on the internet is used frequently without our knowledge and therefore without our consent for advertising purposes.