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7 Ways You Can Shield Your Computer & Smartphone to Avoid Identity Theft

7 Ways You Can Shield Your Computer & Smartphone to Avoid Identity Theft

With the advent of technology, the use of paper has decreased in offices. Nowadays all the sensitive information is kept on computers and smartphones. Accessing information on these devices is secure. But it important that you are highly careful about keeping the sensitive information safe.

With the increased use of smartphones, computers, and the internet, the cyber-crime has also increased. If you are not careful about securing your personal data, then it is not difficult to steal the information. Without proper security, you can become a victim of identity theft. People can steal personal information like credit card information, usernames, social security number, etc.

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Here are some of the tips that are helpful in making sure that your smartphones and computers are secure.

1. Choose your Passwords Carefully

Make sure that all of your accounts have passwords. Just securing the account with a password is not enough. You have to choose it carefully and make it difficult for anyone to guess. There are several passwords which are used commonly. People often use dates which are special to them like date of birth or anniversaries as their passwords. It is easier for them to remember them but it makes it easy for hackers to crack it and steal your information. Be smart about your passwords.

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2. Avoid Spams and Scams by Learning to Identify Them

If you are careful, it is not difficult to spot the scam emails. It is possible that the spam or scam website look very legitimate. You can save yourself from getting into the trap if you totally ignore the irrelevant links that are sent to you. Even if the link seems valid do not click it. It is better to visit the website using your search engine.

3. Using the Security Software

Make sure that your computers have an updated security software. Make sure that you have an anti-spyware, a firewall and an anti-virus so that all the personal information is safe and secure. It will make it difficult for anyone to hack into your system and steal the files. You need to install the security patches so you can keep the operating system secure and it will provide ID theft protection.

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4. Be Careful about Using Wi-Fi

It is important to be careful when using a public wireless network to send sensitive information. You can get a Wi-Fi connection at the airport, hotel, library, etc. but you have to see that the information you are sharing is protected. Using a secure wireless connection is important because it ensures that all the information you are sending or receiving is reliable. Using the encrypted website will only keep the information you share through the site secure.

5. Do not Forget to Lock your Laptops

You need to make sure that you have a username or password to log into your account which is hard to guess. It is the only way of keeping the information secure. When you are not using the computer, you should not leave it in the standby mode because it will allow other people to access the information. Always make sure that you log off when you are not using the computer so that no one cannot steal your personal information.

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6. Be Smart about Making Purchase on any Website

Online shopping is becoming popular as it saves time and offers more variety. But it is important that you choose a site which has a good reputation because while shopping you will have to share personal information such as credit card information. Make sure that the site is safe and legitimate before sharing your financial information.

7. Do Not be Careless While Downloading Apps

If you by mistake download any malicious apps then they will corrupt your phone. This can make it vulnerable which will make it easier for people to steal your information. They can be dangerous for your personal information because they do not encrypt the sensitive information and it makes it easy to access it. Before you download any app make sure that you check out the reviews about its security features. Never forget to read the privacy policies. If you read it, you will know how much information you are sharing.

To make sure that your computers and smartphones are secure and your information perfectly safe you need to pay attention to little things like passwords etc. You also need to stay alert and be on the lookout for any signs of identity theft such as missing bills, denial of credit approval, getting notices about due bills, etc.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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