Online privacy: Safe internet 1

Online privacy and Safe internet usage are becoming increasingly important. The Internet offers many opportunities, but your Internet safety is not guaranteed. Whether you are first introduced to the Internet or an expert, if you use the Internet, it is important to know how to use the Internet safely. Read "Online privacy: Safe internet 1"

Safe internet usage

Did you ever wonder what risks Internet use entails? What happens to the private information you share online? Are you aware of a possible theft of your online identity, data breaches or cyber-attacks?

92, 6% of the UK regularly search on the Internet (Internetlivestats, 2016 LINK). Whether you bank online, read your email, look up information, book flights or use a social network. You share important personal information once you are online.

Internet safety is an important issue in European policy makers. Currently, the EU applies its laws on data protection, to enhance the online identity of European citizens and businesses.

Key elements of the amendment are:

  1. Enhanced data protection.
  2. Transparency about data usage.
  3. The right to be forgotten.

As Europeans get online more control over their data privacy. The laws and regulations for European companies is simplified. The goal is to create a shared, European digital online market, so all Europeans can make advantage of the digital economy.

Protect your online privacy

Wonderful initiatives to make the Internet safer. Yet safe internet usage is not just the responsibility of governments. We are all responsible for safe Internet use.

Now that you are aware of the potential risks of the Internet, you can take measures themselves. Protect your online privacy on the Internet:

    #TIP1: Clear your browsing history.

    Your browser keeps track of the websites you when watched. Convenient, but also privacy-sensitive. Therefore, erase your browsing history regularly. To delete your browsing history in the browser settings:

    • Open the menu.
    • Select History.
    • Select Clear browsing data.
    • Select the items and from which date you want to delete the data.
    • Click Erase Browsehistory.
    • Always delete the Browsing history, in open computing.

    #TIP2: Delete cookies.

    Website data are stored through Cookies. In this way, websites can view your search behaviour. Companies are therefore obliged to ask your permission for cookies on their website. To manage cookies in your web browser:

    • Click the menu on the browser toolbar.
    • Select Settings.
    • Click Show Advanced Settings.
    • In Cookies, you can change the following cookies settings:
    • - Delete.
    • - Default Block/Permit.
    • - Keep default until you close your browser.
    • - Set exceptions for specific sites or domains.

    • Internet users have "the right to be forgotten".

      • Click on the name of the search engine to submit a removal request your data: Bing or Google
      • Explain per search result why the page is about you.
      • Explain per search result why the inclusion of this URL as a search result, is undesirable.

      #TIP4: Prevent Identity Theft

      Theft of your online identity is becoming increasingly attractive. Once cybercriminals have your private information, they can take over your identity.

      • Please do not provide your private data on the Internet without thinking.
      • Stripe your Identitynumber, if you e-mail your identity.

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