Protect and Defend: 32 Ways to Secure Your Digital Life



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An article touting the insecurity of shortened URLs using shortened URLs.



Need security? USE LINUX!!



Firefox users: use BetterPrivacy to remove LSO cookies. LSOs can be a potential breach of privacy.

Internet Explorer users: use Firefox.

As far as webmail, as much as I like Gmail as a webmail provider, I am not liking the possibility of Google correlating searches with your mail/your name. That is why I thought about switching to another webmail provider. I'm enjoying GMX Mail (, and I like it even better than Gmail. Think about that one when you do your next Google search while having a Gmail account too. (Same with Yahoo/Yahoo Mail, Bing/Hotmail, etc). I am not sure if search engines do this, but they have not mentioned anything about this, so be cautious, and use a webmail provider different from your search engine, if possible.

Google DNS--Great and fast, but could be a breach of privacy. So I now use OpenDNS on the router, so Google doesn't learn about me through search and Web activities.

Also, I have seen SO MANY XP installations with the Administrator account accessible from Safe Mode and through other means. Not good. Get into Safe Mode, and add a password for that Administrator account. Ubuntu also has this problem with the root account having no password until recently: make sure to create a root password. I'm not sure if Vista/7 has this issue (probably not; I'd have to check).

Backups with sensitive information can be protected by placing a zip file (containing the backups) inside another zip file, which is password protected. While not secure from persons knowledgeable with cracking passwords, this will prevent someone less knowledgeable from gaining access to your backups. Truecrypt should be an option if you're worried about someone cracking passwords, because it can encrypt a CD/DVD backup. I haven't used it yet, but I'll have to try it.

I'm AMAZED of how many people have unencrypted external hard drives! They should be encrypted.

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