Online scams are rampant and just three clicks away. Even more so now that the economy is making a downturn. For everyone who works and socializes online, security is definitely a must.
There are a few ways to protect your information such as:
VPN — is a virtual private network — that makes your public Internet connection private. It prevents people from tracking your online activity, when you are on an unsecured public network such as a library, hotel, airport, etc. and need to perform vulnerable transactions.
Internet users have come to accept the inevitable trade-off between user data and ads for convenience and results. It has become the norm but there are alternatives.
Here are a few beyond Google:
The first alternative is Ecosia, which plants trees in exchange for your searches. It is based on Microsoft’s Bing.
If privacy is your concern, consider Tor for the greatest anonymity. If you want the answer to a question, for example, that you do not want anyone else to know about, Tor is your best bet.
Another option would be the Brave web browser developed by Brave Software, Inc. which is based on the Chromium web browser. It blocks ads and website trackers, it also provides a way for users to send cryptocurrency contributions in the form of Basic Attention Tokens to websites and content creators.
LastPass and 1Password are encrypted password manager programs that manage all your passwords, auto-generate strong passwords for you and highlight reused passwords that may have been compromised. These programs also send you reminders when you haven’t updated your passwords in a while, which is highly recommended.
An encrypted email service such as ProtonMail converts your email from readable plain text into scrambled cipher text that only the recipient who has the private key that matches the public key used to encrypt the message will be able to decipher it.