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Discussion in 'Computers' started by muth, Feb 10, 2018.

  1. muth

    muth More than a poop!

    I've been perusing the subject of online security and found all kinds of information. I like to go with the simplest, easiest ways to secure yourself without downloading more software, apps, extensions, etc. which oftentimes are the culprits.

    I can't advise very much on all browsers because I primarily use Chrome but here's a simple action you can take without downloading the app, "HTTPS Everywhere".

    When you've landed on a page that has http:// in the address bar and is missing that all too important 's' at the end, simply delete the http:// and type in https:// and hit enter. That should take you to the secure version of that website if there is one. Some sites either don't have a security certificate or have let it expire. You have an opportunity to let the site owners know their certificate expired or request that they get one, if you like.

    There can be exceptions to the rule like our own Vaping Blips website which doesn't have one for legit reasons and was explained to me by @ghost62 . Bottomline, we're safe here. You might also land on a site that you trust and find that it doesn't have a certificate. If you decide to use it anyway make sure you have antivirus protection.

    https://www.cactusvpn.com/beginners-guide-online-security/what-is-website-security-certificate/
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
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  2. muth

    muth More than a poop!

    Another easy way to secure yourself when doing sensitive searches or financial transactions like online banking, etc.....

    Sign out then sign back in as a guest. You'll have to take a few extra steps like signing into your wifi. But once that's done all your browsing history, cookies, bookmarks, etc. are untraceable because tracking is disabled. But keep in mind that you'll have to know your passwords in advance because nothing is saved in guest mode.