PC & Android Privacy Keeping personal things hidden from prying eyes.
Posted Thu Oct 27, 2011 05:13 AM
There are certain aspects of my digital life that I’d like to keep hidden for obvious reasons.
I have 2 Gmail accounts, one of which is strictly private, plus I want to keep certain media, internet activity and an intimate journal out of site, and inaccessible to anyone else.
Does anyone have any tips for keeping my private things exactly that?
Many thanks in advance.
Posted Thu Oct 27, 2011 05:39 AM
Posted Thu Nov 10, 2011 02:58 PM
Posted Thu Nov 10, 2011 04:02 PM
also curious if there any programs , tips or advice to keep certian things private.
Posted Fri Nov 11, 2011 12:12 PM
My most recent issue was with the my tablet that OH had annoying habit of borrowing. I really don't want him discovering my musings to my cyber lover or my strictly private Gmail account.
OH has just bought a tablet of his own and decided to set up a password screen lock in case somebody else lifts or finds it. So I guess he won't be needing to borrow mine now or getting suspicious about any locks I've put in place.
Posted Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:13 AM
Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 06:03 AM
Fortunately I don’t have any offspring, but I seriously don’t want my OH to think he might have competition.
Posted Sun Nov 13, 2011 09:18 PM
Firstly browsing history and such is pretty easy. Most (if not all) browsers now have a private setting. In Internet Explorer it's control + shift + p, chrome is ctrl+shift+n for 'incognito' mode. This mode on pretty much all browsers will not save history, cookies, form data (usernames & passwords), cache or basically anything you input into the browser. This is more than safe enough for most purposes. Note that firefox was recently tested and shown to have flaws with it's privacy setting with plug-ins enabled. Some FireFox plugins will record history and such regardless of the browser settings.
Password security for accounts. The old school way to do this was long(ish) passwords with numbers, special characters and such in them. Given the amount of prehashing now a days with regards to passwords these are actually pretty quick for a computer to guess. Would take about 2 weeks to crack "T^m89Opqrts" as a password on a decent computer. To create good safe passwords use something long (16 characters or more) using words in the english language to come up with a long phrase. See the below picture for an example.
Also do yourself a huge favor and make sure to never reuse passwords, anywhere, ever. If the password for one account gets discovered it will be tested against any other popular accounts you may have (facebook, myspace, youtube, yahoo, etc).
Data storage security. As mentioned above use external media to store things you don't want others to see. You can even natively encript it from pretty much every operating system quickly and easily. Encryption on a storage device isn't too hard to break (good thing incase you can't unlock it) but it's hard enough most people will not get in. Above that of course is the security that you can take the data with you, or away from the computer (or other device) capable of showing that data.
Then as far as internet security goes, the most common stuff to look for now-a-days is malware and not so much viruses and such. Make sure all your downloads are from reputable webpages, your system and software is up to date (patch often), and run a good Anti-virus program. Here's a tip though, there is absolutely no reason to pay someone for protection now-a-days. Search for Microsoft Security Essentials, it's free, from MicroSoft and one of the best & lightest antimalware programs available.
Other than the above, make sure if you have a wireless network it is well encrypted so no one can venture onto it. Try and not use WEP protection as with enough time it can always be opened. WPA is a far better method, significantly more secure and easier to use.
This post has been edited by Pelvis G. Rodman: Sun Nov 13, 2011 09:19 PM
Posted Mon Nov 14, 2011 03:59 AM
Posted Tue Nov 15, 2011 08:25 PM
I did find this for you, it shows you how to enable Windows XP's EFS Folder Encyrption.
Basically right click on the folder you want to encrypt, goto advanced and you should see an option "Encrypt contents to secure data", check that and apply the changes to that folder, and all files and folders in that drive (this will be an option to click, you won't have to do it one by one).
That however doesn't actually do much on most machines. Unless you have multiple user accounts on your computer it won't work as EFS binds the contents of the folder to the user that encrypts it. No password needed if your the right user.
Try checking with the manufacturer that made your pen drive, they usually have free encryption tools available on their website for use with their products.
In Windows Vista or above you can actually encrypt a drive with Bit Locker.
Simply right click the drive, and select enable bitlocker. Then select the option to enable a password to unlock the drive, enter the password and wait while it actually encrpts the data (this will take some time). Now regardless of where, who or what is requesting the data it is encrypted.
Posted Thu Nov 17, 2011 09:33 AM