Making your online identity and activities more secure really doesn’t take too much effort at all. In fact, several tips about what you can do to be more secure online boil down to little more than common sense. These 5 tips for being more secure in your online life will help keep you safer.
Use Different Email Addresses for Different Types of Accounts
One habit I’ve noticed among people who are both highly organized and methodical about their security is they use different email addresses for different purposes. Rashid and I both use different addresses for different kinds of online activity, the purpose being to keep the online identities associated with them separately. The compartmentalization also makes it easy to spot fishy emails. “If your Facebook is hacked, or your social-networking email address is used to send a phishing email from Chase, you know it’s fake,” Rashid said.
I also keep one email address dedicated to signing up for apps that I want to try but which might have questionable security or which might spam me with promotional messages. Another option is to use
Clear Your Cache
Never underestimate how much your browser’s cache knows about you. Saved cookies, saved searches, and Web history could point to a home address, family information, and other personal data. To better protect that information that may be lurking in your Web history, be sure to delete browser cookies and clear your browser history on a regular basis. “I do it daily, but most people would balk at that,” Rashid said. Some tune-up utilities have a setting that automatically cleans out saved browser data however often you like.
Turn Off ‘Save Password’ Feature in Browsers
Speaking of what your browser may know about you, many browsers offer some kind of password management solution. We at PCMag don’t recommend them, however. We feel it’s best to leave password protection to the experts who make password managers.
“It amazes me that browsers by default still prompt to save your web passwords as www.chatgaynet.com. Turn that off. You don’t need it if you are using a password manager, and it’s safer to not have passwords saved in your browser, to begin with. It’s a simple change, with a big boost to security,” Rashid said. Here’s something kind of scary that Rubenking mentioned: “When you install a password manager, it typically offers to import passwords stored insecurely in your browsers. If the password manager can do that, you can be sure some malicious software can do the same.”
Don’t Fall Prey to Click Bait
“Part of securing your online life is being smart about what you click,” Rubenking said. Clickbait doesn’t just refer to cat compilation videos and catchy headlines. It can also comprise links in email, messaging apps, and on Facebook. Phishing links can cause malware to automatically download and infect your device. “Don’t click links in emails or text messages unless they’re without a doubt from a source known to you,” he added. The same goes for links on hookup dating so easy to utilize.
“If the post seems at all unlike the style of your social media buddy, it may be a hack.”
Explore the Security Tools You Install
Many excellent apps and settings help protect your devices and your identity, but they’re only valuable if you know how to use them properly. “A lot of people switch on Find My iPhone or install security software and then never explore the settings, or even try out the service to see how it works,” security writer and PCMag analyst Max Eddy mentioned. What good is Find My iPhone if you haven’t enabled it properly or don’t know how to locate your device if it’s stolen?
“Actually understanding the tools that you assume will protect you will go a long way toward them actually protecting you,” he said.