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- In privacy settings, make sure that your advertising ID is turned off. You will still see ads, but they will not be tailored to your interests. Next, go to activity history. Disable storing activity history on your device and another option to send it to Microsoft.
- Make sure that you are using a privacy-oriented browser. My personal recommendation is Brave because they feature fast speeds and can pay you in crypto simply for browsing. Another more mainstream option is Firefox, but I cannot recommend them because they advocated for censorship in the past. Regardless of political beliefs, a more open internet is a healthier one. Either way, make your default search engine DuckDuckGo.
- Do not use the same password to prevent someone from accessing multiple accounts if they get your login. The best way to ensure you will have diverse, strong passwords is to store them in a password manager. I recommend using Bitwarden because they have a built-in password generator and can sync your passwords to your phone.
- Before you leave your computer unattended, press Win+L. This combination will lock your computer instantly.
- Under Google account settings, disable location history and web & app activity under activity controls. Next, turn off ad personalization.
- Change your default SMS app. My favorite is Signal, and I highly recommend switching to it. The app looks great while still maintaining high-security standards when sending messages to another Signal user. More so, you could message them on their desktop application.
- Change your default browser app. Brave is an amazing choice because they feature fast speeds and can pay you in crypto simply for browsing. Another great choice is DuckDuckGo, but they will not reward you for browsing. Either way, make your default search engine DuckDuckGo.
- Avoiding using Google or Samsung apps. These companies tend to collect tons of personal data and are not privacy respecting in general. If you use a Samsung device, disable customization service under privacy settings as they sell your data directly.
- In notification settings, hide notification information from the lock screen. Furthermore, make sure that you are using a PIN or some other screen lock type.
- Use two-factor authentication when possible to increase your security. I personally use Aegis because it is open source and has an AMOLED theme.
- Be careful with social media apps. Developers tend to collect massive amounts of data, and posts can reveal personal or identifying information. For your privacy and happiness, limit your exposure.