Living in the age of the internet means many of us have the privilege of working from home. Until the current global pandemic is over, a lot of us are working from home.
Here at FixMeStick we have the luxury of running our operations from the comfort of our own homes throughout the COVID-19 lock down. We understand that it can be difficult to separate your digital work life from your online private life. Keep reading for tips to keep them separate!
If you’ve ever had an ad for an item you purchased in your free time appear while you are doing your work duties, it’s a sure sign that your online work life and private life are merging together.
Using Two Separate Computers
This is an obvious one. If you are lucky enough to have two different computers, or if you are allowed to bring your computer home from work, then definitely continue using the work computer for all things work-related and your personal computer for all your online personal things.
But a lot of us don’t have two computers. So what are some other solutions to keep your work and private online lives separate on a single computer.
Using In-Private or Incognito Mode
Opening up an Incognito window on our internet browser (often called in-private mode on some browsers) can also give you a layer of separation between your online lives. But note that incognito or in-private mode is not as private as it may seem, as companies like Google are still making money collecting your private data.
However, it is good for when you want to log in to two different accounts. For example, do you have two Facebook accounts? You can log in to both of them at the same time using separate incognito/in-private windows.
Similarly, if you have an online work account, you can log into it from a regular internet browser window and use an incognito or in-private window for your personal activities.
Try the StartMeStick
We designed our latest product – the StartMeStick, to give you a secure and private operating system on a USB stick that can bring your computers back from the dead! With the StartMeStick it allows you to do all your browsing from the stick.
If you don’t have a second computer to separate your work life and private life, you can use the StartMeStick to give you a layer of privacy. Everything you have on the host computer – including your pictures, files, and documents, cannot be accessed from the StartMeStick. This makes it hard for viruses to infect your host computer as well.
Even if you have more than one computer, you can use the StartMeStick to add a layer of privacy on either one of them – think of it like an incognito or in-private mode but for your entire computer.
You can also use it on an old computer to make it fast again, as the StartMeStick is built using the world’s fastest operating system!
Different Internet Browsers
If you don’t have access to two different computers, another tip is to use separate internet browsers!
Today there are many internet browsers available and you have a range of them to choose from. The most popular browsers are Microsoft Edge – which comes pre-installed on Windows computers, Google Chrome (or its sister browser Chromium) – which has over 1 billion users worldwide, Mozilla Firefox – a classic internet browser that was launched in 2002 as an alternative to Internet Explorer, and Apple’s Safari browser.
More recent internet browsers that have been released for the public include the Brave browser – which gives you rewards for your attention, Opera – which has been ranked as the most innovative browser of 2020, and Tor – a highly private browsing tool with a VPN (this one is built into the StartMeStick).
No matter which browser you choose, you can install two or more different ones to separate your work and private online life. For example, if you are logged into your Google Chrome account on the Chrome internet browser for work, continue to use your Chrome browser for all things work related.
If you need to complete any personal online errands like online banking or shopping, simply open up and launch a different internet browser that is not connected to your Google account, like Microsoft Edge.
Connect to a VPN
At FixMeStick we’re big fans of VPNs. In fact, our favourite is NordVPN. Click here to read about why we prefer NordVPN.
If you’re not sure what a VPN does, all you need to know is that it adds a layer of privacy in the form of a secure and encrypted internet tunnel. It shields your network traffic by encrypting it, thus preventing any insecure devices on your home internet network from any prying or spying.
Some companies have their own virtual private network (VPN) that you can access from your home internet. If your company does not, then your home internet traffic may not be secure. Consider giving sensitive work data a private and encrypted tunnel by getting your very own VPN.
What are some of the things that you do to keep your work and private life separate online? Share your tips in the comment section below!