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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 […]

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.

Run suspicious profile images through a search engine

If you’ve ever gotten a social media profile request or dating app picture you didn’t trust, you’re in luck. You can upload that image to Google image search or a similar (reverse image search) service to see if it’s been pulled from somewhere on the web and is putting you at risk of being scammed.

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 […]

Consider alternatives to Google

Google is a unique resource, albeit one with some significant drawbacks in terms of how extensively 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 data falling into the wrong hands.

This girl could get you in trouble

What is common between Lily Collins, Britney Spears, Sandra Bullock, Adriana Lima, Katy Perry and Jon Hamm? Give up? I’ll give you a hint: All are more dangerous than you think. Those are the top ten searched celebrities on the web that if you look for various details about them, especially the kind of revealing […]