Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Get the most out of Google's Chrome browser with these tips and tricks.
Chances are you spend a lot of your computing time inside a browser window, and quite possibly inside a Chrome tab; Google's browser has come from nowhere in 2008 to dominate the browser landscape on desktop and mobile. Part of Chrome's appeal is its ease of use, but it also has more advanced features just below the surface that can help you do more in less time.
To give your time online a boost, try these Chrome tips and tweaks. If you'd rather go for a more-privacy-focused browser, give one of these alternatives a spin. Or if you're heavy into Apple's ecosystem, try our guide to Safari on iOS and macOS.
1. Mute noisy sites
No one likes their browsing interrupted by auto-playing ads or videos. If one site is proving particularly annoying, you can silence it permanently. Right-click on the site's tab at the top of Chrome, then choose Mute Site. Pages from that particular domain won't be able to make a peep until you choose Unmute Site from the same menu.
2. Bring back closed tabs
Chrome keyboard shortcuts can make a real difference to how quickly you can get stuff done; see here for a full list. One of our favorites is Ctrl+Shift+T on Windows (or Cmd+Shift+T on a Mac): It brings back the tab that you most recently closed. You can keep pressing the same shortcut to open more and more recently closed tabs.
3. Change the look of Chrome
Chrome comes with a theming tool that you might not have discovered yet. Open up a new tab, then click on the Customize button in the bottom right. You can choose an entire theme based around a background image (Background), or set a specific gallery of colors (Color and theme), and even change the shortcuts that show up on new tabs (Shortcuts).
4. Look up your passwords
Chrome does an excellent job of remembering your passwords and usernames for various sites, but you might not always be logging on inside Chrome. If you need to look up a password, open the Chrome menu and choose Settings, then Passwords. You can search for a specific username or URL at the top, then click the eye icon to reveal the password.
5. Switch between profiles
Just like you can have user profiles for different people on Windows or macOS, you can have multiple Chrome profiles. It keeps passwords, history, settings, and more separate, and it works for different family members or just for different parts of your life, like work versus home. Click your avatar (top right) then Manage People to get started.
6. Embrace the emoji
If you think one emoji is worth a thousand words, you'll be interested in this one. You can right-click inside any text box in Chrome on Windows or macOS, then choose Emoji & Symbols to quickly access a gallery of icons and pictures. If you can't find what you're looking for straightaway, use the search box at the top or the category list at the bottom.
7. Find tabs you've opened elsewhere
As long as you're signed into the same Google account, you can quickly access open tabs on other computers where Chrome is installed. It's helpful for bringing back a tab from your office computer while you're at home, for example. From the Chrome menu, choose History, then History again, then click on Tabs from other devices to see a list.
8. Load up the task manager
Chrome has a task manager, just like Windows and macOS. It's useful for troubleshooting problems, closing problem tabs, and generally seeing which sites are hogging all of your system resources. To get it onscreen, open the Chrome menu (three dots, top right), then choose More Tools and Task Manager. Click on any entry in the list, then End Process to instantly kill it.
9. Cast your tabs
Google Chrome can send open tabs—or even your entire desktop—to a Chromecast device on your local Wi-Fi network. It's perfect for everything from big-screen presentations at the office to sharing photos with the family at home. Click the Chrome menu button, then Cast to choose a local Chromecast device.
10. Send pages to other devices
We've talked about checking on open tabs on different devices, but you can be more proactive about this if you want. Right-click on a tab header and choose Send to Your Devices and you'll see a list of all your devices where you're signed into Google Chrome, from phones to laptops. Take your pick to send the tab to the other device.
11. Quiet the notifications
Plenty of sites now ask to send you notifications through your browser, and if you think this is getting a bit out of hand, you can take back control. On any site, click the icon to the left of the address bar (either a padlock or an info symbol), then choose Site settings, then Notifications to choose whether to enable alerts from the site.
12. Pack the bookmarks bar
When you save a bookmark to the Bookmarks Bar, it shows up underneath your tabs. (Choose Bookmarks and Show Bookmarks Bar from the Chrome menu if you can't see it). Right-click on each of these bookmarks in turn, choose Edit and clear the Name field, and you'll be left with a compact row of favicons, so you can pack a lot more bookmarks in.
13. Enable reader mode
Chrome includes a stripped-down, distraction-free reader mode, but it's not enabled by default, and it's still a little rough around the edges. To get it, open a new tab and visit chrome://flags, then set the Enable Reader Mode flag to Enabled. Relaunch Chrome, and choose Distill Page from the main Chrome menu to put any page into reader mode.
14. Make full use of the omnibox
You probably already know you can type web searches as well as URLs into the Chrome omnibox (the address bar at the top of the page), but there's lots more you can type in there for instant answers. Try typing in calculations or entering "define …" and then a word of your choice, or look up a conversion between different measurement units.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Chrome is the world's dominant web browser, but you could be using it more efficiently
Chances are you’re reading this on Google Chrome. Not you? Jog on. If we’re right, keep reading.
Sure, Chrome is easy to use, fast and lets you get on with the important business of wasting endless hours procrastinating rather than working on the very important report that’s due in a few hours. But Chrome can be so much more.
So stop aimlessly scrolling through random Wikipedia entries and start supercharging Chrome. It’s not a waste of time, honest.
First, make the most of your tabs
Right click on a tab, any tab. From this little dropdown menu you can, for example, pin a tab, which means it will stay fixed in one place. It’s handy for making sure you can always access your email or a reference sheet, and if you close Chrome, it’ll pop up again when you open a new browser window. You can also automatically open a link in a new tab by pressing the Alt key, or a Command key when you click on a link.
There are a few other shortcuts you can use to make tabs slightly easier to use – press Ctrl (or Command on a Mac) + Shift + T to open up the tab you most recently closed. Control (Command) + Shift + D will let you save all your tabs into a folder that you can access quite easily – so if you’re in the middle of working on a report, or you’re looking up holiday destinations but need to do something else, you can save your tabs to a folder, with a name.
You can also navigate between tabs by using the Ctrl + Tab keys together – use Control + Tab to navigate them, one by one, and then press Control + 1 to go the first tab (the one that’s furthest to the left) and so on. If you want to move multiple tabs at once, press Control (Command on a Mac) and click on each one, then press Command to deselect them.
First, make a Chrome profile
This might not be for everyone, due to Google’s rampant data collection, but it’s an easy way to keep all your bookmarks, browsing histories and log-ins connected across devices. If you use Gmail, you already have a Chrome profile that comes with this.
You’ll find that your bookmarks and passwords are saved to your account – so if Chrome is your browser on your phone, you don’t have to keep logging into different accounts. This is handy if you have a shared computer – so you can log out of your profile and the person who logs in after you will be able to view their own bookmarks, browsing history and so on.
This is also useful if you want to keep your information across devices – say you want to use a set of pages on your work computer too. Just go to Settings, and then adjust the Sync settings to your heart’s desire. If you want to, you can add a Guest user option in the same location.
Use it as a multimedia player
If you work with different kinds of media, or just want to take a closer look at a photo, you can drag and drop the file into an open and blank tab. Chrome will act as a kind of multimedia player, so unless the file is really big or runs on a very obscure software, you can use Chrome to double check that a file isn’t corrupted or preview a video. You can drag and drop files as attachments – for example, into emails or if you’re uploading content to a website.
Just like your computer has a task manager, so too does Chrome. Press the Shift + Escape keys together, and a task manager will pop up – you can use this to see which tabs are using the most energy, where sound is coming from and whether there are pop ups or tabs that you didn’t realise you had open. You can also see which extensions you still have running, and how much memory they’re taking up.
Depending on which version of Chrome you’re using, the keyboard shortcut may have been removed by Google. If this is the case it can be found by clicking on the three dots in the top right corner of your browser and navigating down to ‘More tools’.
If you find that you constantly open the same set of pages when you use Chrome, you can make them your default start option. Go to Settings, press the Set Pages options and then add as many as you want. It’s probably best not to add anything with audio for your own sake, but it’s useful if you want to check the news and your email first thing in the morning. Pinning certain pages will have the same effect.
Use the Omnibox
It’s not actually a memory guzzling extension. Omnibox is the term for the search bar in Chrome, but it’s much more than just a search bar. It can actually do a lot of things which aren’t just googling the time. You can carry out basic calculations by typing them into the bar, or converting from one currency to another.
You can even use a blank tab as a one-off note taker – enter “data:text/html, ” and you’ll get a quick notepad. The files won’t save, but it’s useful if you want to jot something down quickly. For quick access, save this as a bookmark.
With a few tweaks you can also search your email or Google Drive directly from the search bar. To do this you have to create a new search engine in Chrome – it’s not as complex as it sounds. Right click in the Omnibox and select ‘edit search engines’.
Scroll to ‘other search engines’ and click on add. Here you enter the name of the website you want to search, a keyword that you’ll type into Chrome’s Omnibox, and a URL. The URL should be the search result page of the service you’re setting the system up for.
For instance: a search of your emails could be called Gmail, have the keyword gmail, and then will use the URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/%s. (The percent symbol and lowercase ‘s’ represent where your search query would normally be). Once this is saved if you type the keyword (gmail) into Chrome’s search bar and press the Tab key, you’ll then be able to enter the phrase you want to search in your email for. It takes a couple of minutes to setup but can be a time saver. You can create search engines in this way for websites such as Google Drive but also non-Google services such as Amazon.
You should really use a best password managers and the latest versions of Chrome have one built in. But this may not be ideal for everyone, plenty of people prefer to use non-Google password storage systems. But if you’re fully committed to Google, there’s also Autofill. As its name suggests, it will automatically enter your saved details into the website or service you’re trying to login to.
You can manually input your Autofill information – passwords, credit card details, email accounts – so that you don’t have to re-enter it every single time you need it. Go to Settings, then Advanced Settings, and find Autofill Settings. You can update your information there, but you can also delete it if you use a shared computer, or if you’re just feeling a little nervous.
Google Chrome’s extensions and plug-ins store is pretty handy, and it has a huge range of plug-ins which you can use to make your life slightly easier. You can find them by going to the Chrome Store. Some, like CrowdTangle, can be useful if you’re tracking social media stats. Others can increase the volume of any audio playing from your browser, like Volume Booster. OneTab collates all of your open tabs into a folder, and you can press it to open them up again.
If the add-ons become too much, you can right click on their icons in the toolbar and press Hide in Chrome menu. If you want to find them again, press the line of three dots on the toolbar, where the icons will pop up again. Check out our guide to the best Chrome extensions if you want to find more options.
It’s possible to create clickable shortcuts onto your desktop, by clicking on the three dot icon on the toolbar. Press More Tools, then Create Shortcut. This will create Chrome app on your computer than can then be moved to somewhere that’s easy to access. As a result, you can get to some key webpages quickly from your desktop.
There are some other browser shortcuts which you can use without much modification, such as Control (Command on a Mac) + N, which opens up a new browser window; Control (Command) + Shift + N will open up a new incognito window; Control (Command) + J will open up your downloads page; and Control (Command) + H will open up a History page. If you use Control (Command) + D on any page, that’ll automatically add it to your bookmarks, and you can organise it from there.
There’s a couple of easy ways to look at your browsing history – one is pressing the back button on your browser and holding it down. It shows you the pages you most recently visited, so you can navigate to one of them if you’ve taken too many wrong turns. You can also view your whole browsing history by going to the three dot menu and pressing the viewing option.
You’ll know about incognito mode already, but there are a few other steps you can take to protect your privacy while using Google Chrome. (Reminder: Google and your internet provider still see what you browse in ingonito mode. All the mode does is not save your history on the device you’re using).
If you press the padlock symbol to the left of the URL on any web page, you can check what that page is doing – for example, whether it’s tracking your location, using your webcam or how many cookies it’s running. You can also add a Guest Browser option if you really want to go the extra step, particularly if you’re using a work computer or if a shared computer.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Most of us utilize search engines like Google multiple times throughout the day for various information. However, the World Wide Web is overflowing with data and many times, simply typing in your query on Google’s search bar is not enough to obtain the required information.
To help you out, Daniel Russell, Senior Research Scientist from Google Search team, suggests six ways that will ensure your search results are accurate and efficient – every time! Try them out and become a smart searcher.
Search…one more time
A majority of internet user just search one time, see the results on the first page and assume that they are the answers. However, sometimes the answers that are visible on the first pages of the search results don’t cover the broad range of topic you are interested in.
To rectify the problem and get accurate answers for your query, conduct the search 2 – 3 times for more perspectives from credible sources. Sometimes incognito search can bring slightly different results, so make sure you try that private browsing option as well.
Start with a broad term
Begin your search with a general term and narrow it down to the specific query as you continue the searching process. For example, if you search for "Digital marketing classes" you'll probably get a plethora of interesting (and irrelevant) results in that category. Then, you can try a well define search something like "Social media management training in San Francisco".
Mix and match
Keywords are an important part of your search journey. Try using a couple of different keywords during the search process to help the search algorithms determine what you are looking for in an accurate manner. You can also try different variations on different search engines and compare the answers.
Check for credibility
When checking the results of your search, make sure to analyze the website you are taking the information from. Is the website credible? Does the information they provide align with other sources? You can also check out online forums and discussion boards to see what other internet users are saying about the website and even the information you are looking for!
Don’t add the answer in your search query
Sometimes we already suspect the answers to the questions we are looking for. However, avoid adding the same to your search query as it will sway the search result from the accurate answer. Instead, only type in your question and narrow down the answers from credible sources.
Search out of the box
Search is not limited to written content. You can go beyond the prime features of the search engine and look at images, news videos, and books section for your specific query. For example, you are looking for help in making your resume. Besides reading up on the helpful tips, you can check out the image bar for example resumes.
Or if you want to learn how to make the braid like Elsa of Frozen. Simply reading the content may not help you ace the hairstyle. Instead, you can see videos for step-by-step instructions that will teach you precisely how to make the braid.
These were just some of the tips that will help you in your searches. Give them a try during your next round of searches and let us know how they helped.
All credit for this article goes to https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2019/11/6-steps-being-pro-google-searcher.html
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Below are 5 tips for better security online.
Sometimes criminals will make fake dating profiles or social media accounts specifically to target you. Just because it seems like they have a lot in common with you, doesn’t mean they really do.
2. Use two-factor authentication
You can do this with an app such as Google Authenticator, or from SMS codes sent directly to your phone. If you want to be super secure you can do it with a hardware key that you plug straight into your computer or laptop.
3. Think about what you’re posting on social media
If you share personal photos such as your birthday or new house, you could potentially be giving away sensitive data such as your date of birth or address to cybercriminals. Think twice about who follows you and what you want them to see and know about you.
4. Patch early, patch often
There are millions of computers still at risk from WannaCry – this means they haven’t been patched for more than two and a half years! Don’t be one of those people. The best way to stay up to date is have auto-updates on so you know you’re running the latest software.
5. Use a password manager
Password managers will create and remember complex passwords for you, making it easy for you to keep different passwords for every website. All you need to do is remember one super long and complicated password for the manager itself.
All credit goes to https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/10/24/5-tips-for-better-cybersecurity/
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Security is a big concern in today’s culture. With everything being digital (and therefore hackable), it’s important to make sure you’re protecting yourself as much as possible from threats. Plus, it’s our responsibility as email marketers to exercise safe practices for subscribers too. As email is one of the most popular mediums, phishing is a common security threat that consumers face today. Here are 10 tips from industry experts on how to prevent phishing and keep your info secure.
What is Phishing?
Phishing is the fraudulent sending of emails under the guise of a reputable company with the goal of getting people to share personal information, such as passwords and credit card data.
With roughly 3.8 billion email users worldwide, it’s no surprise that phishers see email as an easy target. For them, it’s just a numbers game. The more people they try to scam, the higher the likelihood of their efforts being rewarded.
Email users are far from insulated from phishing attacks. An email address is one of the easiest pieces of data for someone to get their hands on (we’ve all heard of the underground practice of purchasing subscriber lists). With how simple it is for scammers to find and exploit email addresses, precautions must be taken.
How is Phishing So Rampant?
Crane Hassold is the Senior Director of Threat Research at Agari, and formerly a digital behavior analyst for the FBI. He’s been around the cybersecurity block. According to Hassold, “The thing I find fascinating about phishing is it’s really exploiting a very primal part of human behavior. It’s all about curiosity, trust, and fear. Those qualities are hardwired into humans, so a lot of protection against phishing has to do with conditioning yourself to look out for things that could be a red flag.”
Phishing is such a lucrative livelihood for scammers because it works by playing to people’s basic instincts. It’s these primal tendencies—which are all rooted in self-care and survival—that scammers exploit.
How to Prevent Phishing
1. Investigate every link’s final destination
We’re all email marketers here. Links, UTMs and redirects are sprinkled throughout every email we send. Same with emails that we receive. Just because a link is typed out and looks like a normal hyperlink doesn’t mean the destination is authentic.
To find out if a link is real, hover over it with your mouse and look at the link’s destination in the lower left corner of your browser. This is the real destination, regardless of what the text says.
Alternatively, you can type the URL manually into a new search bar.
2. Be cautious with shortened links
Scammers are like chameleons. They know how to mask their tactics by resembling actions that consumers are already familiar with… like shortening links.
Everyone’s clicked on a Bitly or Linktree link at some point—most likely on social media. Link shortening tools are popular for brands and users since they save character count and look cleaner than a long, messy slug.
Phishers are hip to this trend and employ it themselves. Watch out for shortened links anytime you’re tempted to click, as they might lead to a fake landing page.
3. Take “urgent” deadlines with a grain of salt
No legitimate company will ever ask for your personal data via email. If you see a message that’s trying to get you to take “urgent” action (aka, sending your personal info), call the company directly and ask. When it comes to your data, you’d rather be safe than sorry.
Always make account updates yourself or call the company using the number you find on their website (not the number the email provides—that could be fake too).
Scammers will impose bogus deadlines and will sometimes even use threatening tones in their messages. When you know it’s a phisher, mark that b.s. as spam and send it to the trash where it belongs.
4. Look for the “s” in https://website.com
Some websites start with http:// and others with https://. The “s” in the latter stands for secure and will show a little lock icon next to it. Those websites are safest for browsing and purchasing. Stick to secure websites whenever possible.
5. Change your passwords frequently
We know, we know. This can be a pain in the butt. “Don’t use the same password more than once,” they say. “Change them often,” they harp. Unless you work in IT or Security, you most likely use the same password, like your street name and kid’s birthday. The truth is, having a unique password for each account has never been easier.
There are reputable platforms available you can use to create strong passwords and store them for safekeeping, such as LastPass. Platforms like this one are seamless and reliable for keeping data secure.
6. Don’t allow remote access to your computer
Yep, it happens. Someone reaches out pretending to be from a well-known security firm and wants to help you install software protection on your computer.
1. Don’t install anything from an unverified source.
2. Especially don’t give that unverified source direct access to your computer. That’s a hard no-no.
7. Set up two-factor authentication
Many organizations offer two-factor authentication for an extra layer of security. Take advantage of this whenever possible so no one else can log in without needing your device.
8. Trust your gut instincts
If an email looks or feels off to you (even if you have very little reason to think so), trust your instincts. You’ve likely seen a garbage phishing email at some point, littered with typos and grammatical errors, unprofessional imagery, and just not a clean, crisp experience like you’d normally expect.
When an email or other interaction feels off to you, save yourself a potential headache and trust your gut.
9. Finally, use good judgement
This goes without saying, but it’s perfectly true. The best thing you can do to protect yourself against phishing attacks is plain and simple common sense.
Avoid the unknown. Don’t:
- Click unknown links
- Download unknown files or files from unknown sources
- Open attachments (even on social media) from untrusted sources
10. Report phishing attempts
In email, this is as easy as forwarding the poorly executed attempt to get your personal information to the proper authorities.
If You Think You’ve Been Scammed
Change your passwords immediately—email accounts, financial institutions, your computer login, Facebook, everything. The sooner you can lock them out and slow their progress, the better.
If you think your banking information is at stake, call your bank and let them know asap. They’ll be on high alert for odd account activity.
Use a trusted security software to scan and scrub malware from your computer.
Full credit goes to https://www.emailonacid.com/blog/article/industry-news/how-to-prevent-phishing/
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
1. You Are A Target.Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me.”
2. Eight Characters Is Not Enough.Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and definitely don’t write it on a post-it note attached to your monitor.
3. Lock It Up.Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your computer, phone, or tablet for any length of time—no matter how short—lock it up so no one can use it while you’re gone. If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to lock it up as well.
4. Practice Safe Clicking.Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email. If it’s unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it. Double check the URL of the website the link takes you to: bad actors will often take advantage of spelling mistakes to direct you to a harmful domain. Think you can spot a phony website? Try our Phishing Quiz.
5. Beware Of Browsing.Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer, or a cafe’s free WiFi—your data could be copied or stolen.
6. Back It Up.Back up your data regularly, and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.
7. Physical Cyber Safety.Be conscientious of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones.
Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information—where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation—that could help them gain access to more valuable data.
8. Share Less Sensitive Information.
9. Cut Out The “Middle Man”.Offline, be wary of social engineering, where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. If someone calls or emails you asking for sensitive information, it’s okay to say no. You can always call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.
10. Stay On Top Of Your Accounts.Be sure to monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019
6 Tips for Staying Safe Online
According to a Microsoft Security Intelligence report, 16 million households have experienced a serious virus problem in the last two years. What’s the estimated cost to families impacted by viruses, spyware, and phishing? A whopping $4.55 billion!
The costs of viruses and other online cyber threats can add up fast:
Cost of virus removal
Lost productivity while computer is down
Compromised bank or credit card information
Repairs for computer systems that are damaged
Replacement of damaged devices or routers
Avoid all that by adopting these good internet habits.
1. Install a Trusted Antivirus Software.
Antivirus software can stop internet-based threats and warn you of dangerous websites. They’re your first line of defense against virus removal. Be sure to keep your antivirus updated and make sure everyone’s computer in your household uses one.
2. Be Careful What You Download, Including Apps
You do a quick search on free photo software, and just assume something in the first few search results must be a safe site, right? Wrong. Never download software or apps from sites or vendors you don’t know or haven’t researched. Just one click can open your desktop or mobile device to a hacker.
3. Look for the HTTPS
That little bit of text before the “www” means a lot. If a site has just “http” that means it’s not secure. The “https” has a padlock in the URL field and indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble any data you share. This is especially a must for any site you shop with and share your credit card details on.
4. Think Before You Click that Email Link
Phishing emails are the top delivery method for viruses and malware. They’re designed to look like a legitimate email from businesses you might know, but when you click the link, you’re taken to a site that can download a virus on your computer.
Learn to hover over email links without clicking. That can reveal that the real URL looks nothing like the legitimate site you thought it was and save you from a big click mistake.
5. Get a Good Password Manager
Hackers know the top passwords that people use and can easily get past them to gain entry into your system. Use a password manager to generate and save complex passwords that are much harder to get past.
6. Turn off Location Services on Mobile Devices
It’s fun to share photos online, but strangers don’t really need a mapped location to the dog park near your house. Turn off location services on your mobile devices to ensure you’re not giving away more information about you and your family than you want to.
all credit for this article goes to https://www.connect2geek.com/tips-safe-internet-browsing/
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
We live in an age where Internet access is practically a given at all times. And while this has numerous benefits and has made life much more convenient, it comes at a hefty price – it is much, much easier to transmit and access information, which is not always good for your privacy.
You’ve probably seen it yourself – for example, you need a new couch so you run a quick Google search to look at some models, and for the next few days or even weeks, your social media pages are flooded with ads about couches. This is because your Google search results are not exactly private and social media websites have access to them in order to provide you with personalized ads, using an analytics AI.
This is just one example of how the Internet compromises your privacy, there are many more, but today I’d like to touch on how you can protect your Internet privacy as much as possible, and what are the best practices in order to do so.
Online privacy is tightly knit with your online security, and the best way to stay secure online is definitely Two-Factor Authentication. This is a system that requires you to input a one-time code every time you log into any of your online accounts. There are several ways you can receive this code: via SMS, to your email address or through an Authenticator app, and some services even provide you with a bundle of codes that you can save locally, or write them down on a piece of paper.
By doing this, even if you have your password stolen, the compromiser will *not* be able to access your account without having this code, and the chances of them getting it are close to none.
Of the aforementioned methods, the most secure is definitely the physical codes (also sometimes called “backup codes”, since they’re used to access your account as a backup in case you lose access to the source of your 2FA), with the Authenticator app as a close second. SMS codes and email codes are considered less secure because these can be much more easily compromised from a remote location.
Always Read the Terms of Service
Almost every online service has some form of terms of service agreement, They’re legally required to gain your consent in order to collect your information and store it in their system, even the most basic information such as your username and password.
However, the terms of service are usually packed with much more worrying information, such as the user agreeing to have their information used in email marketing campaigns and for advertising purposes.
If you don’t want this, it’s always good to at least skim through the terms of service, and if possible, reading it in detail is of course even better. Not all businesses will have the same terms, and once you agree to them they’re legally allowed to proceed with everything you’ve agreed to. Always make sure to know what a company does with your information, and reading the TOS is the best way to do that.
Utilize a VPN
It’s a fact that your online searches and traffic get tracked, often even by your ISP themselves. If you want to prevent this, the best way to go about it is to tunnel your connection through a virtual private network. A VPN can be used to encrypt your connection and make it unreadable for a third party, which will prevent an analytics AI from collecting your information and feeding it to social media websites, so if nothing else you’ll most definitely avoid those often annoying personalized ads.
If this is something you’d like to do, be sure to choose from one of the best VPN in 2019 and start taking your privacy into your own hands.
Multiple Email Addresses & Phone Numbers
One of the easiest ways to compromise your online security and privacy is to use the same email address for every website or online service you sign up for. This will not only riddle your inbox with spam and useless announcements from someone you’ve subscribed to years ago, but it can also be very dangerous if an unauthorized party happens to gain access to your email address. They will then be able to reset your password for each of your accounts, and it will be very difficult to do any sort of damage control in this situation.
Instead, it’s best to have a primary and secondary email address. Your primary email address should be used for your most important accounts – like bank accounts, work-based accounts or anything else that is very valuable to you.
Your secondary email address should be used for everything else you sign up for online – forums, blogs, social media profiles and the like. In other words, anything non-essential that won’t produce serious consequences should the email address be compromised.
Same goes for phone numbers, as those can be stolen as well with the right tools and through social engineering tactics. Set yourself up with a cheap, old phone with a separate SIM card, and use that one if you need to complete your online profile with a phone number, instead of your main one.
Online privacy is definitely a major concern, and as the Internet grows and evolves it will become an even bigger problem. Therefore, it is definitely a good idea to start doing something about this as soon as possible, and by following the aforementioned tips, you’re definitely on the right path!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tip #1: Chrome as a Calculator
Have you ever been in the middle of a search and needed a calculator? Don't leave your seat to grab one! Instead, type in your mathematical query in the address space to have Chrome immediately tell you the answer. There is no need to hit "Enter" because Chrome is designed to calculate your math problem as you type in the numbers. Take advantage of Chrome's intelligent calculator and let it compare deals, make purchases, and do the hard math for you without wasting your time looking for a calculator that may be sadly misplaced under a pile of papers!
Tip #2: Incognito Mode
If you don't want Google to save your browsing history, then you might consider using the incognito mode. Chrome's incognito mode protects your privacy by not keeping a record of your search entries, download history, and surfing activities. To enter into the incognito mode, simply go to the right side of the browser and you will see a navigation button with three lines. That icon is called the hamburger button, and when you click on it, a list pops up. The third option on the list is the new "incognito mode." Click on it, and your browser will open a new window labeled as incognito. For shortcut, simply press Ctrl+Shift+N.
Tip #3: Bookmarking Your Favorite Websites
Take a look at the address box, and you will see that there is a star on the right. The star turns yellow when you click on it to confirm that the web page you were on has been saved. When you bookmark your websites, you are allowing Chrome to store it in a special section for later perusal. You can also organize your bookmarks into folders so frequently visited web pages can be efficiently arranged and made accessible whenever you need the information.
Tip #4: Open New Tabs
People usually need to look up more than one thing simultaneously on the Internet. Take advantage of the new tab option by right-clicking the link and selecting the option "Open link in a new tab". A simpler way to do this is pressing Ctrl+T. Mac users can use the Command key to achieve the same result. With this option, you never have to worry about losing your current page. Instead, you can keep your email open while having a blast making friends on Facebook or Twitter!
Tip #5: Reverse Image Search
Reverse image search is a great way for you to find related images without typing any new keyword. With this feature, you can use a picture as your search to locate related images. If you are browsing an image on Chrome, just press "S" and right-click the image to initiate a reverse image search on Google.
Tip #6: Manage Browsing History
Sometimes surfing too many websites in one day can cause us to forget the source of certain information. This can be extremely frustrating especially when you need a website for later reference but have forgotten to bookmark the page. Thankfully, Chrome allows you to track your browsing history. Just press Crtl+H to see the most recently viewed pages. From there, you can click on the links to revisit the website or selectively delete your browsing history to remove irrelevant links.
Tip #7: Directly Search a Website
Ever feel frustrated by websites that do not have a search space? Google Chrome makes search conducted within a website extremely easy. All you have to do is go to the website you want to perform the search and right-click the site's search box. When the menu pops up, choose the option that says, "Edit search engine..." to add the website to your list of search engines. This then allows you to search the site directly from the Chrome address bar. Simply type the site name into the address bar, press the Tab key and type the search keyword.
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