Tips for computer privacy settings on your browser, social media, and online gaming

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When was the last time you checked your privacy settings? (Photo: Getty)

Chances are your privacy settings are something you clicked on once and then basically forgot about it. But it’s a good idea to occasionally go back and evaluate your settings to make sure they’re still right for you.

If you don’t like how a particular site is using your information or if you’ve changed your mind about sharing certain aspects of your profile, then you can and should go back and update your privacy settings. If you’d rather not share any personal information at all, there are other ways to use the internet without giving up too much control over what happens to your data.

Software, such as System Mechanic, works to help keep your private life, well, private. The software bundle helps protect your computer by patching security holes within your device and alerting you of any compromised privacy settings. System Mechanic also helps find browser-stored passwords that are vulnerable to hacking.

Along with installing System Mechanic, you can also choose to browse the internet anonymously by opening a private browser or by turning off cookies and pop-ups for greater privacy.

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Periodically review your privacy settings to make sure they still work for you. (Photo: Getty)

Tips on privacy settings for social media

Some companies will ask permission at every point where they collect user data — including during sign-up, registration, account creation, login, purchase, and delivery. Social networking sites offer guides or “Frequently Asked Questions” about their privacy tools. Review these resources and refer to them if you have a question about how to adjust your settings on the service.

In addition, check your privacy settings across your social media sites. They allow you to choose who sees when you send messages, photos, videos, etc., and they also give you tools to manage how long those conversations stay stored on both of them.

Some social media sites also let you…