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Shorten your device’s automatic lock setting

You should never leave your device unlocked when you walk away from it. However, we all make mistakes. You can alter the amount of time it takes for your device to lock on its own to add an extra layer of protection. Shorten the timer to as short as you are comfortable — less than […]

Switch back to the default keyboard on Android devices

Whether for fun or functionality, somewhere along the lines, it’s possible that you replaced the default keyboard on your Android device. If you’re not 100% sure that the software you’re using is secure, consider switching back to the standard. In Settings, navigate to the General tab, then select “Language & keyboard.”

Understand Google Docs sharing permissions

When you share a Google Doc, make sure you’ve set permissions that keep your document as secure as possible. You can opt to restrict access to a specific domain or to people who have the full link. Alternatively, you may make it public on the internet, but check whether you’ve enabled commenting or editing permissions […]

Disable push notifications on Windows when sharing your full screen

When you have to share your screen for a videoconference meeting, you should limit visibility to only the applications you need to display. If you must share your whole desktop or an entire monitor, turn off notifications so you don’t inadvertently share personal information during the call. From the “System” menu for Settings, select “Notifications […]

Set a timeout screen lock for Windows laptops

Ensure that your device automatically locks, restricting access to the data, if it’s left unattended for a certain amount of time. Select “Settings” from the Windows menu. Then, click “Systems.” From there, tap “Power & sleep.” Adjust your sleep settings to a suitable time frame. Make sure your screen is set to lock by checking […]

Take the Google Security Checkup

The Security Checkup offered by Google is a step-by-step guide for making sure your account is secure and recoverable in case it’s attacked. Open your account page, then select the Security tab. At the top, you’ll see a message that says “We keep your account protected.” Click “Get started” and follow the on-screen instructions. If […]