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Consider substitutions to Google

Google is a unique resource, albeit one with some substantial drawbacks in terms of how comprehensively it catalogs your activities, from your search history to your geolocation. The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo offers similar results with no tracking, reducing the risk of sensitive personal information falling into the wrong hands.

using your Google account when possible

It’s become common for websites to allow you to sign in with your Google account instead of making a new account on the website itself. Not only does it save you time, but it can be a more secure option that doesn’t require you to re-enter your personal information. The fewer sites with your personal […]

If you sign in frequently with a Google or Facebook account, enable two factor authentication

Signing in with your Google or Facebook account can greatly speed up the sign in process for a lot of websites, or if you’re visiting for the first time, skip the sign up process entirely. It’s incredibly convenient to be able to sign in everywhere with these accounts, but also poses a security risk. Be […]

Let Google create a unique password for you

Google now has a feature where it will ask if you’d like to generate a unique password when signing up on a website. If you opt to do so, Google will create a strong password for that site and remember it for you. Google essentially acts as a password manager. This feature should be enabled […]

If Google warns that your passwords have been compromised, change them immediately

Google will notify you both in Chrome via pop-up and through email when any of your saved passwords are compromised. Change them as quickly as possible to prevent personal information from being leaked. It’s worth noting that you have to change passwords on each individual site where they were compromised. Passwords are most easily compromised […]

When using your personal laptop for work, make sure you’re signed into your work Google account

More people are working from home, meaning they’re getting work done on their personal computers. This means that you could be switching between work and personal accounts several times a day. Make sure you are logged into your work account before uploading sensitive work-related documents to online storage, as they could accidentally be uploaded to […]