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5 Ways To Protect Yourself Online

Texting And Phone Calls

1. Texting And Phone Calls - Signal is one fo the most secure messaging apps currently on the market. So much so, that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are using its protocol to encrypt their own services. So whether you are texting or calling someone through Signal, its protocol is designed so only those people in the conversation are able to decrypt the messages. That's because each user is given a private key. Then every single message and call is given a unique key as well.

2. Passwords - Your password is your first line of defense against hacking. So, creating a long and memorable alphanumeric password is essential. When creating a secure password, don't create a complex word soup. Instead, create a memorable multi word phrase that's separated by symbols, is no shorter than 12 characters, has one capital letter, and at least one number. Creating and memorizing unique passwords for every single login can be nearly impossible. Luckily, applications like "1Password" and "Lastpass" make this feasible by generating complex password alternatives, and then securely storing all of your logins behind encryption.

Two-Step Verification

3. Two-Step Verification - This is an extra layer of protection that drastically decreases the likelihood of your account being accessed by others. Each time you login to your account from a new device, the website or app will send a unique code to your mobile device that hackers can't access. You can enable it fo services such as: Facebook, Twitter, Google apps, Paypal, and more.

Mobile Browsers

4. Mobile Browsers - Mobile devices in their very nature limit your options for anonymity; but there are some browsers that can help you browse more anonymously. Ghostery is an amazing browser that allows you to see how companies track you, and then let you block some or all of their tracking mechanisms.

Tor browser

5. Desktop Browsers -  For extreme browsing security, you can try the Tor browser. This is the most secure and anonymous browsing experience; but, that security comes at the cost of speed. it uses a technique called "onion routing," which wraps your data in a series of encryption layers while masking your IP address.