You, like everyone else, require privacy, especially when using a computer. Unfortunately, your computer may be a target for cybercriminals who wish to harm you. It is common for parents to want to be in control of what their children see on the internet. The vast majority of the time, this is beneficial. The filters keep you from seeing potentially hazardous material. Parents, on the other hand, are not uncommon in abusing their authority. In what ways can you protect yourself and your computer from these kinds of dangers? Fortunately, there are numerous options available to you. You will learn how to protect your computer from your parents in this ementes article.
Method 1 Installing Tor
1. Understand what Tor is all about. Tor is a privacy-first browser that encrypts all of your information before routing it through a number of different servers before reaching its destination. Tor is free to use. Tor is able to bypass all internet filters as a result of this, and it also prevents your traffic from being monitored. When Tor is closed, it also deletes all of your browsing history and cookies.
Some websites may not function properly when using Tor. For example, if you are using Tor, you will not be able to edit articles on the Wikipedia website.
You might want to think about whether or not you want to use Tor as your primary browser. For example, you could continue to use your current browser for all of your regular browsing while using Tor for any browsing that you want to remain anonymous.
2. Tor should be downloaded. Go to the Tor download page and select your operating system from the drop-down menu. Once the installer has been downloaded, run it.
Android users can get Tor from the Google Play store, which is accessible through their mobile device.
Tor cannot be installed on iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads due to technical limitations.
3. Select your language. Then, click OK.
4. Choose the location where you want to instal the software. Tor is installed on your computer’s desktop by default. This is not a good thing because it will draw attention to the fact that it has been installed. To correct this, delete DesktopTor from the destination folder box and replace it with something like C:Documents\Essays. This should keep it hidden.
Make certain that “Essays” is replaced with something else. This will keep you safe in the event that your parents read this article. It’s also a good idea to keep this folder hidden.
5. Click Install. This will begin the Tor installation.
6. Finish by pressing the Finish button. This will start Tor and allow you to create shortcuts on your computer. The shortcuts will be revealed in the following steps.
7. Click Connect. This will connect you to the Tor network.
8. Start browsing. Tor is now installed, and you can start browsing anonymously.
Method 2 Hiding Tor
1. Tor should be removed from the start menu. Start the programme by pressing the “open” button. Using the right mouse button, select “Start Tor Browser,” hover over “More,” and then select “Remove from this list.” Tor will be removed from the start menu as a result of this.
2. Disguise the shortcut. Right click the short cut, and select properties.
3. Click Change Icon in the properties window.
4. Change the icon. You will see a limited selection of icons, but you can view more by typing in %systemroot%system32imageres.dll into the “Look for icons in this file” text box (you may see a warning, but just click OK). Chose a random icon from this list, then, click OK twice.
5. Change the name of the shortcut. Choose a name for the shortcut by selecting it from the shortcut menu and selecting something related to the icon that you want to use.
Additionally, by following the steps in Method 4, you can conceal the folder where Tor is installed.
Method 3 Setting Passwords
1. Create a password for yourself. It is the simplest thing you can do to protect your computer, and it is also the most effective. You may be compelled to divulge your password, but at the very least it will alert you if and when your parents gain access to your system.
You can also protect your Mac by using a password.
Every 90 days, you should change your password.
2. Set a BIOS password. A BIOS password is much stronger than a Windows password, and it can’t be easily circumvented.
3. Make sure that each of your online accounts has a unique password. Non-hackers will be prevented from spying on you, but your parents and siblings will be prevented from spying on you.
Additionally, consider providing incorrect answers to security questions on websites.
Method 4 Hiding Files
1. You should be aware that hiding files is preferable to setting up passwords. While it is important to protect the entirety of your computer, most files, such as schoolwork, do not require additional protection. You may, on the other hand, have some files that you want to keep hidden. Keeping them hidden will help to keep them safe.
2. Create a folder in which you will store the files that you wish to keep hidden. It should be given a nonsensical name such as “I like pie.” Make a note of it for future reference.
It is not necessary to use the phrase “I like pie.” as the folder name. This article may be of interest to your parents.
3. Open Command Prompt. Press ⊞ Win+R, type in cmd, and then click OK.
If Command Prompt is disabled, try to open Powershell.
4. Type the hide command. Then, press ↵ Enter. The command can vary based on where your folder is. Below is what to enter depending on where you put the file, replace “(FOLDER NAME)” with the name of your folder:
If you put the file in the documents folder, type attrib +s +h “%USERPROFILE%\Documents\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file on the desktop, type attrib +s +h “%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file in the pictures folder, type attrib +s +h “%USERPROFILE%\Pictures\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file anywhere else, then you will have to enter the file path after attrib +s +h, and put it in between quotes. This article can help you find the file path.
Unhiding the Folder
1. Open Command Prompt. Press ⊞ Win+R, type in cmd, and then click OK.
If Command Prompt is disabled, then use Powershell.
2. Run the unhide command. To do this, simply run the hide command again, but instead of plus signs, use minus signs. Then, press ↵ Enter. Below is what to enter depending on where you put the file, replace “(FOLDER NAME)” with the name of your folder:
If you put the file in the documents folder, type attrib -s -h “%USERPROFILE%\Documents\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file on the desktop, type attrib -s -h “%USERPROFILE%\Desktop\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file in the pictures folder, type attrib -s -h “%USERPROFILE%\Pictures\(FOLDERNAME)”.
If you put the file anywhere else, then you will have to enter the file path after attrib -s -h , and put it in between quotes. This article can help you find the file path.
3. Open the folder to view your files. Remember to re-hide it when you are done.
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