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10 Actionable Tips for Safe and Effective Internet Browsing

10 Actionable Tips for Safe and Effective Internet Browsing

Internet browsing is an everyday activity for most of us. However, browsing the information superhighway, aka the internet, exposes the users to assorted threats.

Identity thefts, virus and online scams are just the tips of the iceberg. But with the following tips, your internet browsing won’t hit a glitch and you will be able to browse safely and effectively.

1. Secured computer equals secured browsing experience

Trivial as it may sound, threats generally attack the computers which have no ‘strongholds.’ In Cyber science, the strongholds are anti-virus, updated operating systems and working hardwares. Therefore, your computer should be provided with all these safeguards.

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 2. The browser should be fast and minimal

As Internet Explorer is notoriously famous for its distended architecture, sluggish loading time, and insecure environment, it is always expedient to install and make FireFox as your browser.

 3. Adds-on amplifies the security

Several attachable add-ons are available, which function to protect your data and identities during the browsing time. It will be quite beneficial to install some of my favourites add-ons like FlashBlock, LastPass and Web of trust.

 4. Raise up the computer security standards

Normally, the computer becomes prone to the attacks due to the laxity in the security settings. Unraised firewalls and the absence of security software will bring chaos to your browsing experience. By adjusting security settings, your browser aptly responds to potential and annoying threats like pop-ups, malicious  add-ons and spyware.

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 5. Scan files before downloading

It is a healthy habit to download only the content which you believe is secure. In case of a doubt, you are advised to scan the file with the antivirus software.

6. Be wary of phishing

Phishing is a malicious attempt, often done by masquerading as harmless, friendly internet entities (like banks, social media sites,  shopping and traveling sites, payment sites) to acquire important information (usernames, passwords, credit card details etc.)

You can avoid being victimized by such sites by not clicking on the links attached to the received emails, and by ignoring unasked-for mails.

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7. Secure Online Presence by Ditching Surveillance

It’s been long since the Internet service providers are logging and maintain the records of online activities of their users. It assists them in tracking the bandwidth and the speed provided to their clientele. No matter how much you desire to restrict these eavesdroppers from infiltrating your anonymity and prevent unwelcome surveillance, it cannot be done. At least not without a suitable VPN software.

VPN mitigates the chances of sniffing whether you’re a connected to public Wi-Fi, or you are willing to securely connect with a torrenting client under its encrypted tunnel.

When you do shopping online, it is an expert advice to shop from an SSL secured website with ‘https’ plus a padlock button left or right of the address bar. A counterfeit site may have poor graphics, misspellings, and bad grammar. These should serve as a warning to any off-the-guard, novice users.

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 8. The password should be variable, kickass, uncrackable and unassociated.

Cyber criminals can easily prey on usual, relatable and simple passwords. It is time to do away with associating yourself to the password. No more Superman123. It is time for THOU [email protected] [email protected] fOTHERmUcKER.

9. Internet users should be on the guard

Attacks are more frequented to the unwary users and the appliances of internet connectivity left in neglect. Attackers come in disguise in a pubic network or WiFi. Therefore, it is best to avoid using public platforms or use the sessions in such public domains in incognito mode. Additionally, the router default settings should be changed and the connection should be password-protected.

10. Caution to the conveniences

Auto fill up forms and ‘remember your password’ features increase your indolence. But you may have to regret that moment as some websites use unseen field to remove your information from the forms. There are still chances that this may be used by cybercriminals to hijack your browsing session and extract sensitive information to use against you.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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