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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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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