“Ransomware is unique among cybercrime because in order for the attack to be successful, it requires the victim to become a willing accomplice after the fact.”- James Scott, Sr. Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
Spring has arrived and it is time for some spring cleaning!......of the cookies on your browser.
Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer by your web browser (Safari, Chrome, Mozilla, etc.) that store information such as items you had in your shopping cart on a site, record your browsing activity and remembering pieces of information (such as when you enter a site and your username, password or both is remembered by the site). Not only does blinding agreeing and accepting all of these cookies slow down your computer, but they pose a massive personal cybersecurity risk. These are sensitive pieces of information, although small, that could have a very large impact if they happened to fall into the wrong hands. If a hacker were to gain access to your computer, they would be able to gain access to these cookies and use the information in these pieces of data for their own good. So, while cookies do help us and make our lives easier, we need to also be weary of them and protect them like we would protect a password.
That is why once every couple of months you should go into your browser and delete all of the cookies in it. The following, from Panda Security, will show you how to do that for every web browser you may be using:
In the case of Chrome, the most popular browser, you have the option in the icon of the three vertical points located at the top right of the window. Just click the icon and go to More tools and Clear browsing data. Chrome allows you to select the exact information you want to delete: you can delete cookies, files and cached images, browsing history or passwords, and specify a date range. It also offers an alternative path from Settings, Show Advanced Settings and Privacy.
To remove your little trail of crumbs in Mozilla Firefox, click on the icon of the three horizontal stripes and select History and Clear recent history. You’ll see a window that allows you to decide the time period for which you’d like to do the cleaning. From the Details tab, you can choose the information you want to delete. And from the same menu, you can access Options, Privacy and History. There you will find the option “Use a custom configuration” for the history, which allows you to decide which browsing data will be cleared when Firefox closes.
For their part, users of Apple computers can clean out the Safari browser from the Preferences and Privacy menus. Among the available options are to change the configuration of cookies and accepted data from certain websites, delete information of specific pages individually or all at the same time, and see which sites store that data in Details.
If you’ve already installed Windows 10 on your computer, you’re sure to have saved personal information on Microsoft Edge. To clean it, select More, Settings (the little gear), Clear scan data and check the boxes of the data you want to delete in Choose what to delete. From Advanced Settings you can tell Edge to stop collecting or storing certain information.
Finally, Opera users remove cookies and clear the cache much like users of Chrome. By clicking on the icon at the top right of the window, you can click Delete browsing data and select the items you want to delete and from when you want to delete them.
Surfeasy VPN is one of the most popular VPN services on the market. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network, that when turned on, will encrypt your internet connection to protect your online privacy by blocking ads, masking your location and encrypting all the data that comes into and out of your device. They have a free version that you can use up 500MB then there are multiple other paid versions. Surfeasy is a great choice for a beginner level VPN.
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