Privacy and security are more important than ever before! Start of 2017 with a few steps and tools you can use to protect your privacy and security online.
- Check if you have an email account that has been compromised in a data breach.
This website let’s you see if your email address has been compromised in many of the largest and most recent data breaches. Many of you check your credit reports and bank statements for fraud; similarly go ahead and check if your email address was compromised in a data breach. This free website was created by Troy Hunt, Pluralsight author, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP for Developer Security. You can follow Troy on twitter also @troyhunt.
- Get a disposable self-destructing email address for 10 minutes!
This is great for creating a temporary disposable email address for online marketing purposes. Don’t give out your personal email address just because a website asks for it. This free tool was created by Devon Hillard a technologist & entrepreneur. You can read more about Devon’s work at his website http://www.digitalsanctuary.com.
- Enable 6 digit PIN or a strong password on your smartphone or tablet device.
While it may be more convenient to set a simple 4 digit PIN security code or simple password on your mobile device, you could be making it easier for someone to guess your PIN or password if your device is lost. If you need help creating a more secure password for online accounts take a look at these password generator tools online.
- Enable 2-factor authentication for your online accounts.
The video with simple step-by-step instructions was created by Carlos Vega contributor at DigitalTrends. You can follow Carlos on Twitter @CarlosMCSE
If you prefer to follow online tutorials with step-by-step instructions, visit Turnon2fa.com for help enabling 2 factor authentication on popular online sites like Instagram. Turnon2Fa.com free resource is sponsored by Intel, Dashlane, Intermedia, and created by TeleSign.
- The search engine that doesn’t track you.
Most search engines like Google track your online browsing activities. If you want to use an online search engine that doesn’t track your geographic location, your online searches, or the websites you visit, try DuckDuckGo.com. This search engine doesn’t track you or your online activities!
- Use a more secure web browser on your computer, Android, or iPhone.
Ghostery Privacy Browser
Google play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ghostery.android.ghostery
Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ghostery/id472789016
The Ghostery Privacy Browser blocks over 2,000 online systems that keep a close track of your online activities including the websites you visit, your online searches, or the websites you visit. Available for computers, Android, iPhones, and iPads. Ghostery Privacy Browser is a great free tool for everyone to have to protect their online web browsing privacy and security.
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