Cyber security awareness month: top practices for next-level privacy and anonymity

  1. VPN
  1. NordVPNI found this coupon code ‘3YDEAL’ that gives you a 75% discount for the 3-year plan, only $2.99/month
  2. Surfshark — you can save up to 83% on the 2-year plan with the found discount code ‘sharkextra’ (cheap option, $1.99/month)
  3. ExpressVPN
  4. VPN.ac
  5. CyberGhost
  • Adblocker. Adblock, AdblockPlus, Ublock, UBlock Origin (my favourite) is a must if you want to keep those annoying ads as far away from you as possible. No more random pop-up leading to scammy websites, no more YouTube ads and no more flashing banners. VPNs like NordVPN and CyberGhost even have built-in adblockers.
  • HTTPS Everywhere. This extension rewrites insecure requests (coming from HTTP websites, that lack security) and keeps your private data safe with no probability of leaking. A huge part of Internet websites still use HTTP, which can leak your data or lead to your data being intercepted — HTTPS Everywhere redirects secures your traffic.
  • Privacy Badger. It’s a great extension that blocks tracking cookies, monitors website behavior and blocks bad websites, cookie injections and more. Not to mention that Privacy Badger is customizable and lets you choose which websites to whitelist, what information to keep and more. Surely, it’s more on the tech-savvy side but even without personal customization, it does its job perfectly.
  • LastPass. A password manager that lets you save all your passwords while only remembering one. There’s no need to remember all of your passwords to your social media, various websites, emails and more, LastPass saves them all in one place for you.
  • Duck Duck GO. It’s a search engine that blocks advertising trackers, keeps your search history private (unlike Google). The extension shows grades as to how invasive the website you are visiting is, giving you a better idea of which sites keep track of you.
  1. Bitdefender
  2. Norton Antivirus
  3. Eset
  4. Kaspersky
  5. Avast
  • Do use 2 Factor Authentication on everything, where possible. This will make it harder for anyone trying to hack you or get a hold of your personal information to intercept the needed data. Not to mention, you’ll grow suspicious if someone will be trying to break into your email or social accounts — you’ll get a verification code out of the blue. Nowadays, most of the services send you a notification if someone tries to access something of yours from an unknown device or location.
  • Talking about location, it’s best to turn off the location settings as to not get targeted ads. In most apps and privacy settings, you can disable showing of personalized ads too.
  • What is more — log out every time. I cannot stress enough how easy it is to hijack browser session, cache, cookies with logins, passwords and other information.
  • Strong, different passwords is a must. It’s easy to crack accounts with simple and weak passwords and then match them to similar usernames, gaining access to multiple accounts and services.

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