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Use an ad blocker, except on sites that you trust

Ads are annoying, but they can also be dangerous. When you click on a malicious ad that leads to malware, it will instantly start downloading it. Ad blockers can prevent those malicious ads from showing up in the first place. However, some pages don’t work properly with ad blockers on, so turn it off if […]

Look for the “s” in “https” when submitting information via a web form

The “s” in “https” stands for “secure.” If you’re ever submitting information on a web page that merely has the prefix “http” and doesn’t have the “s,” that means whatever data you put out there can be easily viewed by the other party. Don’t enter sensitive information into a web page unless it starts with […]

Max out your web browser security settings

It’s best practice to set your web browser security settings to the highest possible level. This may mean a few websites can’t load or work properly. A smart approach is to stick to the highest level of online security and only enable extra features if they’re absolutely necessary. If you’re confident a site is trustworthy, […]

Don’t believe statistics from unreliable sources

This goes for pretty much all information online, but bogus statistics are rampant all over the internet. If you’re writing a paper, article or anything else that cites statistics, try to get them directly from a reputable research study — if a site doesn’t say where it got its numbers, they may not be reliable.

Make a bookmark list for websites

All major desktop and mobile browsers let you create bookmarks for individual websites, which can be clicked from a list to visit the site. It might seem like a minor feature, but it’s a good security improvement, since it spares you from needing to manually type in URLs or click on links in emails or […]

Review your web browser

In the process of normal use, your web browser will collect a lot of cookies and other website data like caches. These items can be useful whenever you need to revisit a site since they help it remember you. However, they can slow down performance over time. Make sure you clear out website data periodically […]