Safety Browsing The Internet

I recently got a new computer laptop, and when I went to the internet there were so many advertisements. Ugh. So gross. So I asked another collective member if they had any advice on what I should install to kill these ads, and was told uh… you know the Riseup Collective has a really good page for that? It’s full of easy advice.

Easy? I said. I’ll see about that since I am really truly not a tech person. So I followed the link, followed the advice, and I installed lots of slickster things in my browser that not only made the ads go away, but also stopped a ton of the ways in which people try to track you on the internet. And it was easy. No joke. Really truly. So I thought I should share that help page with you all.

Remember (per the advice below), type that URL out instead of copy and pasting.

Avoid Links in Emails

Links are the major way attackers steal your data and take over your devices. The best practice is to never click links in emails. If you must click a link, follow this checklist instructions below.

  • Are you expecting this email? Even if the “From” address appears to belong to someone you know, you should be very cautious when you receive an unexpected email.
  • Can you manually type the link instead of clicking on it? What you see in the link might not be what the link really is. A link that appears to be https://riseup.net might actually point to an attacker’s website at https://riseuρ.net(the second link uses a Greek letter or the “p”). The safest way for users to avoid this attack is to never copy URLs from unsafe sources and always type URLs to the address bar directly.
  • Do you recognize the domain? In most email programs, as on the web, hovering over a link displays the URL it points to. If the link’s destination is unexpected or unfamiliar, check with the sender to make sure the email is legitimate. The link should always start with “https://”. If it starts with “data://“, then it is certainly an attempted attack.

Remember, never click on links or open files from unknown senders or in otherwise suspicious emails. Someone you don’t know will never send you a file that you actually need; if a link from an unknown sender actually contains useful information, you will be able to access it via another, more trusted method for example, a web search.

More Security Tips?

Want more security tips? The two above are part of my own opinions for new personal digital security guide. Check out more and follow the links under “Start here“.

Remember (per the above advice), type that URL out rather than click on it.

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