What 3 Steps Can I Take To Maintain My Privacy When A Loved One Uses My Computer?

Most people who use a computer have to share it with someone else.

Sure, most households have more than one computer, but they also have more than one person living in the house.

This means that most likely the person is going to have to share the computer at some point in time.

Sometimes you are doing stuff on the computer that you do not want anyone to know about.

If this is the case then you want to make sure that you know how to hide the stuff that you are working on or looking at.

As a parent, the reverse may be true

In this article I will show you three steps that will help you hide anything on your computer.

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Erase Your Web Browser History

When you use a browser like Firefox, Chrome, and even the latest editions of Internet Explorer, there are certain modes that will not save the history of your web session.

This is known in slang as “porn mode”.

But of course this mode can be used for more than just porn.

If you are signing into sensitive sites like banking web sites or your brokerage account, it is good to use this mode as well.

When someone else comes and surfs on the computer they will not be able to see where you have been in your last web session.

Create An Encrypted Folder To Keep Your Files Safe

If you want to keep more than just your web sessions private then you have two options.

You can either try to hide the folders that you keep your files in or you can make the folder encrypted so that no one will be able to get inside of it.

When you encrypt a folder that means you are making it so that people must have the right password to enter it.

If they do not, then they will not be able to get in the folder.

Also, the higher the encryption, the harder it is for someone to be able to break into it.

There is encryption layer software out there that is able to get the job done; the most popular encryption software for the home computer being Truecrypt, though I’d also recommend Safehouse Explorer.

Hide Your folder

As I said earlier, the other option that you have besides encrypting your folder is to hide it.

There are several ways that you can do this.

You can use the option in Windows that will allow you to hide a folder.

This is not the best way to do it because you might forget that the folder is there but it is effective.

Also, you can use software that will allow you to hide the folder as well.

The software will also tell you where the folder is at so that you do not have to ever worry about losing it.

The last way that you can hide the folder is to just simply put it somewhere in the computer that no-one will look at.

This is the least secured method but if you do not feel that you have the skills for the other solutions then you can do it this way.

Keeping Your Privacy

As you can see, if you are careful, then you can keep other people out of your data that is on the computer.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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