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TIP #11: INSTALL PATCHES AND SOFTWARE UPDATE

Whether you’re on your phone, your laptop, your tablet, or a desktop computer, there’s never a convenient time to install patches and updates. It’s easy to continue blowing this off. While you may not want to set everything up to update automatically, try not to put it off…

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TIP #1: REMOVE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS FROM DATA BROKER SITES

The sad truth is that it is extremely difficult to keep your mailing address private. But removing it from people search sites can at least make it a little harder for people to find your information. If you’ve got $129 to spare each year and live in the U.S., you can pay Abine for their…

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TIP #2: ADD PRIVACY PROTECTION TO YOUR WEBSITE DOMAIN HOSTING SERVICES

If you are a homeowner, your address is in the public record, so it’s not entirely possible to hide your location completely. That doesn’t mean you want to put it on blast, though. It’s worth paying $10 or so a year for privacy protection for any websites registered under your name. This stops your mailing…

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TIP #3: GET SMART ABOUT HTTPS

Using HTTPS adds another layer of security to your web browsing. It protects you from eavesdroppers sniffing the network you’re on with a tool like Wireshark, or from bad actors who want to impersonate the site you’re on to tamper with its content or with any information you…

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TIP #4: PROTECT YOUR LOCATION WHILE ONLINE

Logging onto websites from work or home allows the site owners to trace your IP address, which can sometimes help them narrow down your location. Tor is a browser bundle that bounces your traffic to computers all over the world before it hits the site you’re trying to…

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TIP #5: PREPARE FOR A DDOS ATTACK

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to flood a website or online service by overwhelming it with traffic, rendering it unusable. If you’ve experienced DDoS attacks before and your website is a news or independent media site or a human rights site, you can apply for free DDoS protection through Google…

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TIP #6: SET UP TWO-STEP VERIFICATION

Two-step verification and two-factor authentication add an extra layer of security to accounts you access online, including email addresses and bank accounts. You enter your username and password, but before you get in, you have to enter a second factor -- two hoops to jump through. If someone…

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TIP #7: USE PRIVACY-ENHANCING PLUGINS AND EXTENSIONS

Consider installing browser extensions or plugins to help minimize your online footprint. These tools primarily protect you from advertising, or from companies tracking you across multiple sites through cookies and other methods that track your browsing habits. However, this type of blocking also helps minimize the personal information…

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TIP #8: REVIEW THIRD PARTY PERMISSIONS ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK

A third-party application is a product that’s not part of the main service that you’re using, but that has access to your main account or its credentials. For apps that you aren’t using regularly, consider revoking access to third-party application permissions from Twitter, Facebook and your phone. For…

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TIP #9: DON’T LEAK YOUR LOCATION

Make sure that image loading is turned off when you check your email on your laptop and phone. There are services that will notify the sender of an email when you open a message and sometimes even from where. These services work by sending an invisible pixel that loads just like an image would. You…

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TIP #10: BE CAREFUL WITH LINKS AND ATTACHMENTS

Malicious links or attachments can be harmful to your computer or other devices. Obviously, it’s a bad idea to click on spammy links, or to open attachments from strangers (especially .exe ones). That doesn’t mean you necessarily need to stop clicking on links or opening attachments altogether,…

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TIP #11: INSTALL PATCHES AND SOFTWARE UPDATE

Whether you’re on your phone, your laptop, your tablet, or a desktop computer, there’s never a convenient time to install patches and updates. It’s easy to continue blowing this off. While you may not want to set everything up to update automatically, try not to put it off…

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TIP #12: USE A PASSWORD MANAGER

The best way to keep your online account secure is by using strong, unique passwords. That means that your password has to be complex enough that it’s hard to crack. You should also use a different password for each account in case one gets compromised. An easy way…

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TIP #13: STRENGTHEN YOUR SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

When someone tries to reset a password, they’re often able to do so by answering security questions. Unfortunately, many of these questions are asking for information that’s either publicly available or very easy to find: Your date of birth, the name of your first pet, or your mother’s…

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TIP #14: ENCRYPT YOUR HARD DRIVE AND BACK UP YOUR DATA

In addition to protecting your online data, you’ll want to protect your physical devices too. Some of this is common sense, like making sure not to leave your laptop and phone unattended. It’s also a good idea to be careful when plugging USB devices into your computer,…

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TIP #15: START USING CLICK-TO-PLAY

Adobe Flash has a long history of security vulnerabilities, but uninstalling it completely can make many sites unusable. A good middle ground is to enable click-to-play, which will allow you to selectively use Flash. You can whitelist specific websites, choose to allow all plugins on a page during…

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