After about a year and a half, people in most parts of the world have begun to return to normalcy. Employers ask employees to return to the offices, however, this is not possible in all cases.
Some people will continue to work from home and as you can see, employers will not leave these employees unattended. Fortunately, there are several privacy tools that one can use to protect privacy from the prying eyes of the employer but also large companies that monitor our activity.
Here are some important tools to help you enhance your privacy
1. Signal for private conversations
When you want to talk to your colleagues, family or partner you can share sensitive information with them. Such information should not be sent through applications, messages, etc. However, sometimes it is necessary, so in these cases we must resort to the safest solution. The messaging application Signal, is one of the safest applications of its kind. Is It's free and allows you to exchange phone calls, video calls and text messages, which are protected by end-to-end encryption.
Unlike other messaging applications, Signal does not collect a lot of user data. According to his site, the application asks just the phone number of the user to create the Signal account and to communicate with other users of the application.
The app is available for desktop, iOS and Android devices, while it has many useful features such as the ability for messages to disappear after a certain period of time.
2. Tor Browser for private internet browsing
Most people use the internet. But as we all know the tour is not completely private. Many companies monitor the activity of users, the sites they visit, the keywords they make, etc.
Companies like Facebook can see which websites someone is visiting even when they are not on Facebook.
To avoid such situations, you can use it Tor browser. The browser is free and guides your encrypted web traffic through several relays, preventing third parties from tracking your activity.
For mobile devices, there are other private browsing options, although Tor is also available on Android. If you have an iOS device, the corresponding browser is Onion Browser.
3. Google Authenticator and LastPass for account protection
Every day, thousands of hacking attacks and data breaches take place. Fortunately, there are some simple methods for protection of online accounts. One of the most effective and easy is authentication application.
The so-called Authenticator applications, such as Google Authenticator for iOS and Android or the corresponding version of Microsoft, allow you to protect your accounts with two-factor authentication.
If you use one password manager, like LastPass, will offer even more protection to your accounts.
4. Reduce its effects Google related to you with the help of the company itself
Nowadays, personal information of all of us can be found on the internet. Cybercriminals sell and exchange personal information of hundreds of millions of users. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it.
There are companies that offer a paid service that specializes in removing your information from the internet, but also the Google offers a data deletion tool, intended for "Remove your personal information from Google“. It will not work for everyone, but the company says it will remove information from search results, such as "content that exposes contact information with intent to harm".
5. A simple film to cover the website camera or the Selfie chamber
When we talk about privacy, cheap does not necessarily mean bad.
This is especially true for cameras. The cameras offer a view of the house or the environment in which you are or show your face directly.
Cybercriminals but also indiscriminate employers can find ways to access the cameras and violate users' privacy.
The head of the National Institute of Workers, explained to Mashable in 2019 how little privacy employees have in their own home.
"Employees have almost no right to privacy on computers provided by employers", explained. "Employers can turn on the camera remotely while the laptop is at the employee's home".
The solution is simple. Place a tape or sticker on the camera to make sure no one can see it from your camera.