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4 quick cybersecurity steps everyone must take right away

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I even have to inform you this story. When my college-bound son moved to Los Angeles, he asked me for the home variety of a spot I rented in the realm 28 years ago for 2 months. 

I laughed because I couldn’t remember it. Then — I used to be shocked! 

About five minutes later, he texted me a link to a free people search site that showed that house number, together with every other address where I ever lived, my current address, links to my relatives, their ages, my age, and even my personal cellphone number. 

All this data was not behind a paywall. It took only a search of my name, and bam — privacy was gone. 

That’s once I began an initiative on my site to list the precise steps to remove your data from these creepy people search sites. 

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These sites often hide the steps. Don’t be concerned — we did the heavy lifting for you. 

Tap or click for an inventory of 13 creepy sites that probably have your phone number, addresses, age, relatives and more, together with steps to remove your info. I bet you’ll be surprised at what you see online about you that’s free for the taking. 

Make sure to bookmark this page so that you would be able to reference it later, too. 

I bet you’ll be surprised at what you see online about yourself that’s free for the taking by everyone else. 
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A safer online life is just a number of minutes away. Follow this list — then pat yourself on the back for caring for your digital self.  

Hide your own home on Google Maps and Apple Maps 

As convenient as Google Maps and Apple Maps are, it’s unnerving when your own home and address number are visible to anyone on the web. Here’s a secret. You’ll be able to request a privacy blur over pictures of your own home.  

Here is how one can submit a request to Google: 

Open Google Maps or the Street View gallery — and look up your address. 

Tap the Street View photo you wish to have blurred. The image has to indicate your face, home, license plate or other identifying information. 

Click “report an issue.” You will notice this in the underside right or by clicking the three-dot menu on a photograph.  

Complete the shape, then click “submit.” 

For Apple Maps, you will need to email MapsImageCollection@apple.com and do the next as well: 

Ask for your own home to be blurred. 

Provide Apple together with your full address. 

Include additional property details in order that Apple will know which house to censor. 

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Check for any strange behavior 

Spyware is malicious software that works quietly within the background, tracking almost every little thing you do. These sneaky downloads leave digital clues in case you know what to search for.  

Task Manager on a Windows PC and Activity Monitor on a Mac can offer you an outline of every little thing happening in your machine. 

Here’s what to do in case you use a PC: 

Open the Task Manager by hitting Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Under the Processes tab, you’ll see the apps and background processes running in your PC. 

Glance through the list. In the event you see a reputation you don’t recognize, seek for it online to see what turns up. Sometimes, these programs and background processes are legitimate and of no concern, even in case you don’t know the name at first glance. 

To shut out an app or process, right-click and hit End task. Check again later to see whether it is working again. 

Here’s what to do in case you use a Mac: 

To open the Activity Monitor, hit Command + Spacebar to open Highlight Search. Then, type Activity Monitor and press Enter. Check over the list for anything you don’t recognize. 

Double-click to shut out a program or process, then hit Quit

Tap or click for more signs someone is snooping in your computer. 

Lock down your computer 

Leaving your computer unlocked invites anyone to come back along and snoop. In case your laptop is stolen or lost, it could also land you in an awful spot. 

Lock yours with a strong and unique password. Which means no repeats! Since it’s worthwhile to enter this password every time you open your computer, it must be something you’ll be able to remember. 

In case your computer means that you can unlock it with biometrics, like your fingerprint, that is an excellent easier solution. 

Otherwise, use these same password guidelines for any online accounts: 

Use a mix of letters, special characters, numbers and capital letters. 

Aim for not less than 12 characters. 

Consider making a passphrase as a substitute of a password. These are longer, harder to crack, and easier to recollect. Tap or click here and scroll to No. 3 for more details on creating one. 

The Microsoft headquarters campus in Redmond. Microsoft is one of the world’s largest computer software, hardware and video gaming companies.

The Microsoft headquarters campus in Redmond. Microsoft is considered one of the world’s largest computer software, hardware and video gaming firms.
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To lock your Windows PC: 

Go to Start > Settings > Accounts

Click Sign-in options from the left pane. 

Click Add under the Password section. 

Enter a recent password. Click Next, then Finish

To lock your Mac: 

When organising a Mac, you’re prompted to create a login password. Here’s how one can set your password to unlock your computer: 

Click the Apple icon, then System Preferences

Click Security and Privacy

Check the Require password box within the General tab. 

Set the timing of the password to immediately to set your Mac to lock when it goes into sleep or screensaver mode routinely. 

Know this hidden vulnerability in your browser 

Extensions allow you to customize your browser and add powerful features. But not all extensions are helpful. Some track you across the web, eat up your computer’s resources — and worse. 

How are you going to tell what’s protected? Google Chrome assigns a “Featured” badge to extensions that follow Google’s “technical best practices and meet a high standard of user experience and design.” 

Hey, not less than it’s something. 

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A sure sign an extension is bad news? You will have no recollection of downloading it, so delete it. 

It’s also helpful to look the online for a phrase like, “Is (the extension you’re using) protected to make use of?” See what pops up — and pay special attention to any security warnings.

Here’s how one can remove an extension from Chrome: 

Open your Chrome browser. Tap the three vertical dots to the appropriate of your profile icon. 

Hover over More tools and choose Extensions

Click Remove on the extension you wish to remove, then click Remove again. 

Use Safari on a Mac? Here’s how one can remove an extension:  

Select Safari > Preferences. Click Extensions

To uninstall an extension, select it and click on Uninstall

Don’t stop there. Tap or click for 9 more ways to make Chrome safer. 

Tim Cook, CEO, speaks during Apple's annual worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, on June 5, 2017. 

Tim Cook, CEO, speaks during Apple’s annual worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, on June 5, 2017. 
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