Are you a safe internet user or do you use the same password for every website? On this very special Safer Internet Day, we encourage you to take web security seriously through four easy-to-use applications. These apps allow you to manage your passwords, avoid snooping, turn off trackers and secure your social media privacy settings. Let̵
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What is a safer internet day?
February 9 marks the 18th annual Safer Internet Day, a global event where we teach people how to surf safely and share important web security resources. This year’s Safer Internet Day is arguably the most important yet, as COVID-19 has prompted millions of web-illiterate children and adults to spend more time online, often without any help or supervision.
You can read more about Safer Internet Day or browse some web security resources on the Better Internet for Kids website. If you are a parent, journalist, or industry leader, consider using your position to share resources and educate people on Safer Internet Day.
Browse more securely with ExpressVPN
A VPN (Virtual Private Network) routes your activity through a secure web server, effectively hiding your identity, location and browsing history from websites, hackers, advertisers and service providers. While you don’t need Enabling a VPN every time you browse the Internet can help you avoid being hacked or spied on, especially when connected to unsecured public Wi-Fi networks. VPNs can also help you bypass region-locked content on sites like Netflix and Hulu, which offer different shows and movies depending on the country you connect to.
For $ 13 a month, you can’t get much better than ExpressVPN. But you can go cheaper if you don’t mind losing some features. While Tunnelbear isn’t as fast or customizable as ExpressVPN, it starts at just $ 3.33 a month and is a perfect solution for those who just need a VPN at work or school.
Secure your accounts with 1Password
If you learn one thing on Safer Internet Day, it is that you should stop reusing passwords. People hack websites to steal credentials all the time, and if you don’t use unique passwords for each account, all of your accounts could be compromised after just one successful hacking attempt.
Do you need to write down your passwords again? No way, that’s annoying. Instead, you should use a password manager to generate and store unique passwords for all of your accounts. Password managers are ahead of the password client built into your browser because they can sync login credentials, credit card numbers, addresses, and other secure information across all of your browsers, computers, and mobile devices.
We recommend using 1Password, which starts at just $ 3 per month and has more robust security measures than similarly priced password clients. If you don’t want to spend money on a password manager, consider signing up for the free version of LastPass, which stores and syncs passwords across all of your devices, but lacks some of 1Password’s premium security and sharing features.
Make social media more secure with Jumbo privacy
No matter how much time you spend perfecting your privacy settings on Facebook, there is always the chance that you will miss something, or that a setting mysteriously changes behind your back. So why not automate your social media settings with the Jumbo Privacy app?
Jumbo Privacy regularly scans your social media accounts and tells you how to improve your privacy settings. It saves you the trouble of looking through draconian, ever-changing menus and helps you achieve maximum account security without getting maximum headaches. In addition, Jumbo Privacy can regularly delete and archive your social media posts and posts, defend your conversations from hackers, and hide your embarrassing old posts from the world.
The Jumbo Privacy app works with most major websites and social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Linkedin, Amazon Alexa and more. It can also scan the dark web for data breaches and block online trackers. Jumbo Privacy starts at $ 4 per month, or $ 10 per month for the Pro plan, which includes dark web scanning for credit card numbers and social security numbers.
Avoid trackers with Privacy Badger or Ghostery
At a glance, it looks like everything on a website comes from one source. But most websites include ads, widgets and images from outside sources such as Google, Amazon and Facebook. Since these and other companies have such a wide reach over the internet, it’s really easy for them to track (and sell) your web activity, which is frustrating and creepy. To add insult to injury, these trackers can increase website loading time, slowing down your browsing experience.
While a VPN can prevent trackers from seeing your IP address, it is better to stop trackers at source with a browser extension such as Privacy Badger or Ghostery. That way, trackers can’t record your web activity at all and websites don’t take that long to load. We don’t often recommend browser extensions as they pose a small security risk. But Privacy Badger and Ghostery are both popular and open-source, so we feel comfortable using and recommending them.
Privacy Badger is a free browser extension developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It has a very simple interface and automatically prevents advertisers and invisible trackers from spying on your web activity. In addition to blocking malicious trackers, Privacy Badger automatically replaces useful trackers (such as Soundcloud widgets or embedded videos) with placeholders that can be triggered to click.
Ghostery does essentially the same thing as Privacy Badger, although it doesn’t automatically block content. Instead, it alerts you when you are being tracked and gives you the option to block, ignore, or grant limited access to the malicious tracker.
With just a little extra work today, you can ensure your online identity and information is secure tomorrow and beyond. Many of these services – such as Jumbo or Privacy Badger – have been set up and forgotten, so once you’ve gone through the trouble of getting things going, you don’t have to think about it anymore.