Computers

published : 2023-10-01

10 Easy Ways to Prevent Someone from Spying on You

Keep those creepy snoops away from your personal information

A stunning photo of a person looking over their shoulder with a sense of curiosity, symbolizing the importance of preventing spying. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

One of the absolute worst feelings in the world is when you get that creepy sensation that someone is spying on you. It’s just so unsettling, whether it’s happening in real life or online. I mean, seriously, who wants to be watched without their permission, right?

That’s why it’s important for us to be proactive and take all the necessary steps to protect ourselves. Here are my top 10 tips for keeping your information away from those creepy spies.

1. Have good antivirus software: Having good antivirus software allows you to be resilient against growing attacks by actively running on your devices. It’s the best to help stop and alert you of any malware in your system, warn you against clicking on any malicious links in phishing emails, and ultimately protect you from being hacked.

2. Remove yourself from the internet: Your personal data can get exposed online in various ways, such as data breaches, data scraping, or data sharing by hackers, websites, platforms, or on the dark web. Having a removal service is great if you want to constantly monitor and automate the process of removing your information from hundreds of sites continuously over a longer period.

3. Avoid using apps like Temu: Certain readily available apps like the Chinese-based app Temu and its sister app Pinduoduo have been found to collect sensitive information on users. Always check the privacy policy, reviews, and ratings before downloading any app.

An image of a locked screen on a smartphone with a fingerprint icon, emphasizing the need for screen lock to protect against physical snooping. (Taken with a Canon EOS R)

4. Use a VPN: Consider using a VPN to protect against prying eyes from tracking you and identifying your potential location on websites that you visit.

5. Use a webcam cover: Covering your webcam with a simple piece of electrical tape or using a physical camera cover is an easy and inexpensive way to take control of your privacy and get some peace of mind.

6. Have strong passwords: Create strong, unique passwords for your accounts and devices. Consider using a password manager to securely store and generate complex passwords.

7. Use 2-factor authentication: Having 2-factor authentication is just another way to keep those spies out of your accounts.

8. Double-check camera and microphone settings: Make sure you're only giving camera and microphone permission where absolutely necessary to avoid any snoopers from looking into your information.

A close-up shot of a webcam with a physical cover over it, representing the simple and inexpensive solution of using a webcam cover for privacy. (Taken with a Sony A7III)

9. Lock your screens: Having a lock on your screen is the best way to protect yourself against physical snooping.

10. Turn off your location: Limit or turn off location services to prevent hackers and spies from knowing where you are.

By following these 10 tips, you can take control of your online privacy and keep those creepy snoops away from your personal information.