What you need to do in browsers for the security of personal data

What you need to do in browsers for the security of personal data
What you need to do in browsers for the security of personal data

If you have paid attention to the Law on the Protection of Personal Data, briefly, since the implementation of KVKK, warnings are given on each site, and information about cookies is given. The browsers you use while browsing the Internet store what you do while browsing, and many sites also use it. You know, something I looked at before, seconds later, comes back to me as advertisements.

Concerns about breaches of personal data privacy on the Internet are becoming more and more common. Data privacy, which in the past was hardly considered when using internet services, has become a cause for concern due to massive cyber thefts from around the world and cases of unauthorized use of personal data for commercial and political interests.

The fact that huge amounts of personal data can be collected has raised the threat of hacking people, beyond hacking e-mails, bank accounts, mobile phones.

Perhaps the most crucial part of Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, in his statement to the US Congress in April on how the company uses and protects personal data, is “would you mind revealing the name of the hotel you stayed at or whom you messaged this week?” ?” was the answer to the question.

While Facebook tracks and uses exactly this type of information, Zuckerberg said he would be uncomfortable sharing this information with others.

While it is not possible for us to completely prevent the collection of information about us when we are online, there are some practical measures to limit the tracking of our data. While discussions on the collection and use of personal data are continuing at the level of the legislators, we may also take some measures individually.

Using the “incognito window/mode” feature of your internet browser prevents websites from collecting information from your browser and tracking your visit history.

“Incognito window/mode” feature in your browser

  • For Firefox and Chrome browsers: Menu > New incognito window
  • Yandex: Menu > Incognito mode
  • Internet Explorer: Settings > Security > InPrivate browsing

Turn off “Cookies” in your browser so they don’t follow you

“Cookies” allow websites to remember you on your next visits. By blocking cookies, you can prevent your activities from being tracked.

  • Firefox: Menu > Options > Privacy > Firefox app: > Use custom settings for history > Accept third-party cookies: > Never.
  • Chrome: Menu > Settings > Advanced > Content settings > Cookies > Block third-party cookies.
  • Internet Explorer: Settings > Internet options > Privacy > Advanced > Cookies > Prevent.
  • Yandex: Menu > Settings > Show advanced settings > Content settings > Block third-party cookies.

Turn on privacy settings on social media too

In addition to browser settings, social media can be done to ensure the security of personal data:

You can determine who can see your posts on Facebook. Click Privacy in the left column. In the privacy settings section, you can enable your posts to be shown only to your friends.

You can prevent apps and games from using your data on Facebook.

Click the icon in the upper-right corner of Facebook and select Settings. Click Blocking in the left column. In the Block apps section, type the name of the app you want to block.

You can prevent Twitter from using and sharing certain data. Settings & Privacy > Privacy & Security > Personalization & data > Disable all.