How to improve your privacy and security online

How to improve your privacy and security online
By Andrew Cunningham

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As a reader of Ars Technica and with Christmas fast approaching, that can only mean one thing: you’ll be answering technical questions that your relatives have been saving since the last time you visited home.

This year in addition to doing the regular hardware upgrades, virus scans, and printer troubleshooting, consider trying to advise the people in your life about better safeguarding their security and privacy. Furthermore, in light of recent developments in the UK—the introduction of a new surveillance law, and the incoming Digital Economy Bill—there has never been a better time to refresh your own privacy and security safeguards. Keeping your data safe is one of the most important things you can do, and keeping your communications and browsing habits private can keep that data from being used to track your activities.

This is not a comprehensive guide to security, nor should it be considered good enough for professional activists or people who suspect they may be under targeted surveillance. This is for people who use their phones and computers for work and in their personal lives every single day and who want to reduce the chances that those devices and the accounts used by those devices will be compromised. And while security often comes at some cost to usability, we’ve also done our best not to impact the fundamental utility and convenience of your devices.

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December 6, 2016 at 08:21AM
via Ars Technica UK