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The Complete Guide to Improving Your Online Security and Defending Your Privacy

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In our always-on society we generate a lot of data, with some estimates suggesting 28,875 GB per second. With this massive trove of data we divulge a huge amount of personal information. From our cloud-based photo collection, to what websites we visit, it’s getting easier for malicious attackers to do the digital equivalent of rummaging through our garbage.

Whether it’s Facebook selling your data to advertisers, overreaching government surveillance, or cyber criminals looking to make some fast money — there are a lot of people out there who want your data. Sadly, this invasion of your privacy doesn’t benefit you at all. If you want to build up your defenses and protect yourself online, let us guide you through how to improve your security and safeguard your privacy.

Web Browsers

Web browsers act as our window into the great wonderland of the internet. Nearly everything we do online, from a quick Google search to online banking, happens through the browser. This ease of use makes it incredibly convenient for us, but also means our browser knows a lot about what we get up to online. In fact, your browser’s history may be one of the most invasive databases ever created.

There once was a time that your history would only be available locally on your computer. Most modern browsers now allow you to sign in to enable settings to sync to the cloud and between devices. This is especially true of Chrome, where all the information is stored in your Google account. History syncing is turned on by default when signed into Chrome, but you can head into Settings to turn it off.

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