Why: Some airline web sites display higher fares if they detect multiple searches for the same flight.
- Wired Magazine
How: Select private or incognito mode in your browser menu to search for flights without being tracked.
Why: A password manager creates and remembers secure passwords for you. From now on, you’ll only have to remember one password.
How: Search “Password Manager.” Find a service you like. Click download.
Why: Ad networks and web companies use semi-intrusive mechanisms to fingerprint your browsing patterns. Do you want your searches to be public?
Why: Hackers can find your elementary school or the name of your first pet through social media.
How: Don’t answer the question they are asking! Use random answers like “purple peanut butter cup,” and keep them in the notes section of your password manager.
Why: You buy one thing, and they send you spam forever.
Why: HTTPS adds extra encryption security to make all your sites as secure as a bank site.
How: Use the HTTPS version of web sites as often as possible. To make that easy, get the “HTTPS Everywhere” browser plugin.
Why: It can be difficult to block unwanted calls or texts on cell phones. It can be difficult to change your cell phone number.
How: Check out google.com/voice or search "online phone number."
Why: It is easy for bad guys to watch, intercept, and mess with anything you do online. A VPN stops that like Kevlar stops bullets. Also: privacy.
How: Pay for a VPN service, or set one up on your home router. Learn how in our “Dr. Skip's Library of More Awesomeness” section below.
Why: Two-step verification makes life much more difficult for would-be attackers.
How: Many cloud apps offer two-factor authentication (Facebook, Google, Twitter, LastPass, and so on). If you use a password anywhere, check if that site offers this awesome service.
Why: Even if a hacker steals your credit card number, it will be useless to them.
How: Most banks offer single-use credit card numbers. It only works for the web site you determine, for the dollar amount you choose.
Why: Thousands of laptops and devices are stolen each day. There are plenty of free and paid solutions that let you track your device, and send reports to police.
How: A search for “free laptop tracking” should point you in the right direction. Some of our favorites are Prey* and McAfee LiveSafe.
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