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Cyber crimes are becoming increasingly common, especially since social networks like Twitter and Facebook are gaining, not losing popularity. Even people who think they are extra cautious with their online privacy settings could still be vulnerable to a hacker’s whim since third-party apps and add-ons get installed with little thought given.

In our current climate of mass surveillance, Internet users are left wondering if there are better ways of safeguarding their, and their family’s online privacy. While there’s nobody who can guarantee your online safety, this list will get you well on your way.

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Consider using a password manager.

A password manager like LastPass is one of the best tools you can to protect your online privacy these days. It’s easy to have a strong, unique password for each online account. Using this manger also ensures that if one account is hacked, others will not be susceptible. Some of these tools are free and many come at small cost. Most password managers are available and compatible to all platforms — including mobile.

Exclude vital personal details from social media profiles.

Personal information, such as your address, phone number and your date of birth (just to mention a few) can all present channels for Internet hackers to get more knowledge about you. You can guard against this by minimizing the amount of personal information you share on the Internet, or entering in fake data if the social network insists.

Double-check a website’s URL before logging in.

Before entering sensitive information into a website, it’s important to check if the web address is what you expect it to be. For example, if your bank is mylocalbank.com and the browser says you’re at mylocaltank.com, you probably shouldn’t try to login.

And in the case of secure websites, you also want to make sure that the web address contains an “S” after the http. Modern browsers sometimes don’t show the protocol, so make sure you know how to identify when your browser is using an encrypted channel.

Ignore phishing emails.

Nowadays, spam emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated. It’s therefore recommended to avoid responding to any email with account password or information. No financial institution will ever request your personal details in this way, so it’s wise to always delete emails like this.

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