Access to the internet puts a world of entertainment, information, and communications at your fingertips. And your high-speed fiber internet from FiberMeFast delivers the speeds and reliability you need.

But as with any digital technology, your internet browsing can leave a trace. From search engines like Google and browsers like Chrome to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. And they’ll use your data to make money.

Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your family’s privacy while using the internet. For example, enabling security settings and turning off certain features on apps can enhance your privacy while improving your online experience.

Below, we highlight some of the simplest and most effective steps you can take to secure your family’s internet privacy better.

Search Engine and Browser Privacy Settings

When you use a search engine like Google or use Chrome, the popular web browser, your searches and browsing history are saved and stored. And some of the data you unknowingly leave behind is even processed into commercialized information used to target specific ads and other content to you.

If you think that sounds a bit creepy, you’re not alone.

However, Google offers simple solutions to this issue. First, head to your Google Account and click on “Data and Privacy.” Once there, go to “Web and App Activity” and toggle it off by switching it from blue to gray and then confirming your choice on the pop-up screen. That one change exponentially improves your privacy while browsing or searching on Chrome or other Google apps and platforms.

You can also stop “ad personalization” in the same menu in your Google Account. Just scroll down to “Ad settings” and toggle that off from blue to gray and you’re all set.

Facebook and Instagram Privacy Settings

Billions of people use Facebook and Instagram to share photos and stay connected. And for many, both apps are so thoroughly integrated into their lives they can be hard to relinquish, even if you’d like to! So, if quitting social media cold turkey isn’t in the cards for you, you can shore up your privacy on both Facebook and Instagram in just a couple of easy steps.

The most common way Facebook and Instagram make money from you and your data is by selling information it collects about you. To prevent that, navigate in the app to “Settings & Privacy,” then click “Settings,” then “Ads,” then “Ad Settings,” and then “Data about your activity from partners.” Once there, turn off this setting by toggling from blue to gray. That will cease sending “personalized” ads based on your data.

Just employing these setting adjustments alone will make navigating Facebook and Instagram more private and less unsettling.

But don’t forget to exercise some common sense, too! For example, over-sharing of personal information, such as your birthday, location, and even common password terms like your pets’ names, make you more vulnerable. So be sure to remember your role in protecting your privacy online, as well.

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