We live in a day and age where there is very little privacy. Google tracks all of those cute cat videos you watch, the NSA knows when you call your grandmother to ask how to best get rid of a rash, and your neighbors probably know more about you than you would like. The thing is, very few people realize, or even care about many of these problems, but they are very real and should be taken seriously.

If you are looking to increase your online privacy, we have the solutions for you. In this article series, we will be dealing with simple and easy ways that you can increase your security and privacy to keep your personal information personal.

Step 1: Ensure You Have Strong Email and Social Media Passwords

One of the biggest mistakes that newbies in the online world make is having weak passwords that they use for all of their online activities. If your email and social media passwords are all “Susan1982” it would be quite easy for any individual to hack your information and get access to things you would prefer remain private. The first step is to ensure that all of your passwords are strong, meaning they are largely unrelated to your life, have at least two or three numbers, upper case, lower case letters, and a special character.

  1. Use Common Sense

Look, just because you see a link claiming to have a key pill that billionaires took to achieve their success doesn’t mean you should click on it! Use common sense when surfing the web and avoid click bait articles and other suspicious pop ups that will undoubtedly lace your computer with harmful spy ware and malware.