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Know how to log out of your Google account on all devices

If you’re worried about someone having access to your Gmail because you forgot to log out of a shared computer or notice some unusual activity, there’s a simple fix. At the very bottom of the Gmail web app, you should see some text about “account activity” alongside a clickable link. Following that link will take […]

Use the search engine cache if you’re unsure about a site’s safety

Sometimes when you search for something and then try to visit a website in the results, you’ll see a warning saying the site’s certificate has expired. Instead of going through anyway (which is risky), consider using the cache – on Google, it’s usually to the right of the result, in a drop-down menu. The cache […]

On this day in history – Santy worm uses Google to spread across the Internet

December 20, 2008: Within 24 hours of its release, about 30,000 to 40,000 websites were attacked by Santy. The worm, which exploited vulnerability in phpBB software, holds a record of spreading worldwide within three hours of its release. It caused writable files (of formats such as .php and .html) on the infected servers to display […]

Heed browser and search engine warnings

Sometimes when you visit specific sites, you’ll see a warning from your web browser that the site isn’t safe or that its security certificate has expired. Google will sometimes include a textual warning on risky search results, too. These notices should be heeded. Stay away from potentially compromised sites to keep your data safe.

Delete your Google search history

Chances are you’ve run a good number of searches through Google over the years. Google has a record of all of these queries. By visiting the My Activity page for your Google account, you can select the menu indicated by the three dots icon and choose to delete some or all of this activity to […]

Be mindful of Google Chrome’s privacy settings

Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers. It also has a complex sign-in system that might result in more of your data being collected than you had intended. Starting in September 2018, Chrome will sign you into the browser itself if you log into any Google services – e.g., Gmail, YouTube, etc. […]