March 30, 2020
Internet Privacy Settings

Internet Privacy Settings

Hello and welcome to the Student
Survival Guide. In this video tutorial we’re going to
take a look at Internet privacy settings. Anyone who uses the Internet is vulnerable
to privacy risks. From the relatively benign like data tracking or
gathering user statistics, to the malicious like spyware, computer
viruses, or the theft of your personal or financial information. The best way to guard your computer
against Internet-based attacks is to ensure that your Internet privacy
settings are doing an adequate job in protecting you. To do this, you will have to go into your
browser settings. Let’s start by showing you how to do this in Google Chrome. Click the Menu button in the top
right hand corner and select Settings. You can search for privacy in the search
box here, or scroll down to the advanced settings and select Content settings under the Privacy section. Here you can
adjust the settings for cookies, plugins, pop ups and more. Let’s take a
closer look at some of these categories now. A cookie is a data file stored on your
computer that can store a user’s usage history and track your browsing records. While most
cookies are relatively harmless, and can even be useful by saving profile
information or allowing automated access to a site’s features,
third-party cookies for ads on web sites can gather your information and track your browsing data, then sell
that information to other companies without you even knowing it. Most modern browsers can identify and
block many types of malicious cookies, but restricting your computer’s ability
to accept cookies entirely could limit or block your access to features on
websites. It is good practice to occasionally clear your computer of saved
cookies, however, and most browsers will let you choose to
delete your cookies every time you close your browser window. JavaScript and other web browser
plug-ins are third-party programs that are required to run certain
features when visiting web sites While disabling them may cause features to
not work, you can also help prevent websites from installing malicious
software on your computer. You can choose to let your browser allow
these programs to run, or disable their use and grant exceptions on a site-by-site basis. Pop-up windows are new browser windows
that open when a user clicks a link or navigates to a website but are
usually online advertising for third party web
sites. They are intended to generate online traffic, are often intrusive or difficult to close, and
sometimes can even force harmful files on to your computer. Sometimes clicking on the pop-up causes even more pop-up windows to appear. All major browsers have some form
blocking in place to prevent the vast majority of pop-up ads from occurring. If there are web sites that you want to
allow pop-ups from, they can be added to the exceptions list. Browsers don’t just track your Internet history anymore, they also track your physical location
as well. You can choose to be alerted when a web site wants to access your physical
location data, or disable it completely. It’s not
recommended to automatically allow web sites access to your location data. As you can see there’s a lot of
customizability with all the settings available for Internet privacy. A web browser may recommend settings that are
a best fit for most users. You shouldn’t be afraid to customize the
privacy settings to best suit your own needs. To explore your privacy settings in
Mozilla Firefox go to the Firefox menu at the top
and select options. Visit the Security and Privacy tabs to
explore your settings for history, tracking, and add-ons. And if you are using
Internet Explorer, your privacy settings can be accessed by
clicking on Tools, going to Internet Options, and browsing through the Privacy and
Security tabs. I hope this video has helped you understand the importance of using
your Internet security settings to prevent any disruptions to your browsing or to prevent spyware and malicious
programs from attacking your computer. Thanks for watching!

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