How To Protect Your Computer Privacy

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It will be a nightmare when your computer is missing or stolen, and it will be a super nightmare when FBI rush into your house and confiscate your computer because they take you as some bad guy by mistakes.

In order to protect your photos, emails, passwords and some other secret things, it will be necessary to do something before your computer is gone, right? So, how to protect your computer privacy? You can check out the following 7 tips:

How to protect your computer privacy

1. Following Google’s advice

Giant Google offers a Gmail Security Checklist, from which you can learn how to protect your Gmail as well as lots of tips about computer and internet security, such as to install a trusted anti-virus software, to update the operating system, to perform regular software updates, and so on.

While Google’s advice are mainly for you to protect your Gmail and computer from virus, spy-ware or being hacked, the following tips will protect your privacy from missing, being stolen or robbed.

2. Protect your computer disk files

If there are secret photos, videos, account information or any other essential private files in your computer disk, you’d better lock those files with trusted softwares and strong passwords.

3. Don’t save surfing history

Clear all your browser history and never save that again. For Firefox user, you can open the Options window in the Tools menu, select "Never remember history" in the Privacy tab, click the "clear all current history" link, and click "OK", then you are done.

4. Don’t remember any password in your computer

With automatically sign-in process, you will come across the privacy risk when someone runs your applications.

For Firefox user, you can un-check all the boxes of the Password setting in the Security tab (near the Privacy), and remove all the "Saved Passwords", then click "OK".

5. Use as less applications as possible at one time

Since to log out and close one application is faster than two or more, the less applications you use, the faster you can clear your history before the FBI or thieves see it.

6. Make sure your system is free of privacy data

If there is a recover system for your computer, make sure the backup is without any password or unlocked secret file. Otherwise, you’d better change all those passwords, or format your system and reinstall a new one.

7. Log out when you are leaving

When leaving your computer, log out all the applications, and / or shut down it.

Following the above 7 tips, you will be able to avoid too much lost when your computer is gone. Any other tips?

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