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Take physical security seriously

If you’re riding the train, waiting in line at a coffee shop, or standing in a crowded elevator, try not to type in passwords in plain sight or without them being scrambled. Someone behind you could be watching what you type as you log into Facebook or make a payment on Amazon. If you’re in […]

Don’t pirate unreleased games

Even if you can’t wait for a new PC game to come out, don’t purchase a pirated version from an illegal website. These sites are littered with malware that can infect your computer and intercept your payment credentials. Don’t fall into that trap. Instead, be patient and buy the game from an official repository when […]

Once you publish something online, realize that you cannot take it back

After you publish content online, it is available to other people and to search engines. You can change or remove information after something has been published, but it is possible that someone has already seen the original version. Even if you try to remove the page(s) from the internet, someone may have saved a copy […]

Consider using a password manager

Password manager applications manage different accounts and passwords while having added benefits, including identifying weak or repeated passwords. There are many different options, so start by looking for an application that has a large install base (e.g., 1 million plus) and an overall positive review. Properly using one of these password managers may help improve […]

Test your VPN service before making the purchase

VPNs are supposed to keep your IP address from getting leaked to the public. However, due to security flaws in their systems, many VPN services fail to do so. Luckily, most providers will allow you to trial their services before making a payment. Test your VPN by writing down your current IP address (which can […]

View the internet as a novel, not a diary

Make sure you are comfortable with anyone seeing the information you put on blogs, social networking sites, and personal websites—write it with the expectation that it is available for public consumption and that people you have never met will find your page. Although some sites use passwords or other security restrictions to protect the information, […]