Did you know your browser automatically saves a record of your online activities, or that many sites can trace precisely what you clicked on? While this may not always be apparent when shopping or researching online, keep in mind that there could be someone monitoring all of your online activities.
Malicious actors wait in the virtual shadows while you do internet searches, scroll through your social media feeds, or use company apps online. Just by browsing the web, your workers increase the risk of exposing sensitive and critical data, which is why everyone in your organization must learn how to avoid cyberthreats.
You may not know it, but some of the websites you visit or apps you download leave a trackable digital footprint. One step you can do to avoid leaving your online behavior exposed to third parties is to use private browsers to surf the internet.
What is private browsing?
Your web browser — whether it’s Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, or Opera — stores the URLs of the sites you visit, cookies that track your activity, passwords you’ve used, and temporary files you’ve downloaded.
Privacy is a precious commodity in this era. Every website you visit or app you download leaves a digital footprint that can be tracked by anyone. Fortunately, most — if not all — web browsers offer private browsing features to keep your internet activity a little bit safer from prying eyes.
Let’s be honest, surfing the net in the comfort of your home or with the privacy of a small screen feels safe. However, certain sites could be snooping on your online activity by placing digital trackers called “cookies” on your devices. Here’s what happens to your personal details whenever you go online.
As you surf the web, it’s nearly impossible to keep your internet activity completely private. Certain websites collect personal information for marketing purposes and your browser keeps track of all the websites you visit. But that browsing information can also fall into the wrong hands, which is why you should consider using private browsing if you want to keep your online activities to yourself.
It’s safe to say that malware attacks, phishing scams, and social media engineering practices are going nowhere fast. That means that, whether you are a home user or the owner or manager of a small or medium-sized business, if you choose to ignore safer online security practices you are putting your identity and the security of your company at serious risk.