Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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Protecting privacy

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In other films, we have looked at lots of different ways of protecting your privacy, but we are just going to summarise some of these and add a few new ones. And when you are working online, you can do lots of things to safeguard your privacy, and one of them can be having different email addresses so that maybe you keep your banking separate from your work, separate from your personal life. And you can also have a second one if you want another email for any other reason. Other things to check are your settings on social media. Social media can spread a lot of your personal information really, really easily, so maybe check what they are. So if you want to have your date of birth on your Facebook account, then maybe use a different year, at least you have got some protection there or do not have it there at all. There is lots of other privacy settings, so you can change the settings of whether you want people to be able to just find you, just anybody find you or only people who you have befriended on social media to find you.

So all of the social media accounts out there have different privacy settings. It's really worth going into them and having a look. And also, there is really good help and information on the Internet or directly on the social media site to give you a bit more help in coming up with safe settings for your computer or your mobile phone or tablet. If you are concerned about any account that has befriended you or you are just getting lots of messages pop up from somebody, block them. You don't need to worry about that. They are not even going to know you have blocked them because if they are just a computer or a hacker or something, they are not going to care. If you block them, they will move on. So, always look very carefully and see who is following you and accept only the people that you really want.

The other thing with your privacy can be, be cautious if you are using public or open Wi-Fi service. And there are virtual private networks you can use, these are little apps you can put onto your computer, onto your laptop or on your mobile phone and these will protect you against anyone hacking the information while you are in a public network. It also protects your privacy of exactly where you are. Your IP address can give your actual location, not your house number and things like that, but your general location, but this can be scrambled using the VPN. The other thing you can use is private browsing. And we have covered this in a separate video, but private browsing or an incognito window on your browser will mean that the way you are using the Internet is not being tracked. This can be really good and really useful on a shared Wi-Fi system or a computer that you are using in something like an Internet cafe or in a hotel.

And finally, a lot of mobile devices and computers have a way of you finding it, that should they get lost, you can find your devices. They can also track your exact location. So, these can be really useful. So if you have lost your iPhone, for example, you can go online and you can find out exactly where it was. You can also have to Find My Friends, which means that if you have got your family, you have linked in with where their location is, you can just look on your phone and you can see exactly where they are. Now, this sort of data is out there and you need to be careful. If you have shared your location with somebody, then maybe only share it for that day or a few hours or something, if you only wanted them to know for a short space of time. So, review things like this, because it can be very easy that someone can not only know where you are but when you are not somewhere.

The final thing is where people post that they are going on holiday. So although saying you are going on holiday is not telling criminals what your date of birth is and all things like that, it is telling them that you are not going to be at home and you are not going to be monitoring your letters, so this could be a really easy way that they could set up using your identity, putting out loans, having credit cards delivered to your home address because they know full well that you are on holiday for two weeks. You are even putting pictures of you while you are on holiday and they know they have got access to your address over that period of time. They can also use it, if they have already got your credit card details, to buy lots of stuff online and then meet the carrier when it is delivered directly to your door.

Learning Outcomes:
  • EDSQ Unit 5 LO 14.2