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Try switching off automatic content recognition on smart TVs

Lots of the latest smart TVs include automatic content recognition (ACR), which studies everything you view on the device – whether it’s streamed over the internet, cable, or via broadcast television – and uploads this information to a server for use in a recommendation engine. To guard your privacy, turn off this setting; its name […]

Bookmark your main sites to keep dependable links on file

Phishers often drive would-be victims to domains they misleadingly claim are legitimate sites, such as a bank’s web app or an identity verification landing page, requiring you act quickly. You can preempt this line of attack by keeping all your most important sites saved as bookmarks in your web browsers. These bookmarks can provide a […]

Turn off your webcam and microphone when not in use

Cybercriminals can potentially access the feeds from your webcam and microphone without your permission. Turn both of these off when you’re not using them, or even better, disconnect them entirely. Also, if you work from home and need to join conference video calls for work, think about keeping your private home protected by using background […]

Use gift cards to protect your credit card information

While you can pay for things directly using a credit card or other payment method, these transactions require inputting financial information, whereas gift cards only require single-use codes. As an added bonus, digital gift cards for things like the PlayStation Store or Nintendo eShop commonly go on sale at online retailers for less than their […]

Don’t just get rid of old hard drives – erase them

When you want to scrap an old computer, think about the data that remains in the hardware: your files, media and personal information could be compromised if someone gets the machine up and running again. For businesses, this is much more crucial. Explore free erasure tools to clean your harddrives thoroughly for peace of mind.

Clear your iPad browsing data regularly

Safari was one of the first browsers to really tackle privacy concerns, and its clearance controls are still very easy to use and return to. Aim to clear your caches, cookies and browsing history every month or so. Bookmark the pages you need for reference without auto filling the URL when you search. Then as […]