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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 August 29, 2018

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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