10 ways to protect your privacy online

One of the major concern of people today is trying to find out how they can safeguard themselves against identity theft. Here are some tips that can be of help

  1. Use strong password: When choosing your password, use alphanumeric (numbers and letters together), upper and lower case, signs such as #, %, %! etc. Keep your password away from your computer or public places. Also, it is advisable to change your password once in a while and avoid using common name such as "password”, “first name", "nickname" etc. 
  2. Secure your PIN: Avoid using your debit/credit card on website that does not have (https://) or padlock sign in the browser. Using your card on such website will open you up to fraudsters password hijack. Also, use your card on websites you trust and those who have credibility. 
  3. Protect your contact details: Avoid putting your home address on the internet, especially on social network. Fraudsters could use it to trace or defraud you.
  4. Always logout: When you browse on public computer such as cybercafé, hotels, library etc. ensure that you logout after browsing and clear the cache or browser history.
  5. Beware of FREE downloading site. Some of the free download software come with virus and malware.
  6. Use a strong antivirus. Most free antivirus software are not reliable. Ensure that you use antivirus that has internet security. Also, update your antivirus regularly.
  7. Don’t click on links anyhow. It is better to copy the link and paste it in your browser than to click on it.
  8. Avoid opening unsolicited email. Scammers send email with great headline. Don’t open it if you don’t know the sender. They might use it to hack your email password.
  9. Don’t enter your pin or password in the presence of anyone. If for any reason you do, ensure that you change the password as soon as possible.
  10. Avoid phishing websites - Scammers usually clone website especially banking websites. They usually send mails to people asking them to change their password. Before you go ahead ensure you confirm from your bank first.


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