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On a thread where someone had his Playstation account compromised, I was prompted by a couple redditors to make a thread on how to “safekeep your security and privacy for dummies” basic guide

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So first and foremost, I am no expert, nor am I anything more than just a guy making his way through life like anyone else. My word is not absolute, I implore everyone to do their own research instead of blindly taking my word. Thanks!

I will divide this into two sections, Security, and Privacy. While these two things often go hand in hand and you should care about both, some only care about being secure, others private and so on. I will only briefly touch on all my recommendations, I will not explain what anything means or how they work, so I strongly advise everyone to do their own research and make their own decisions.

SECURITY

  • Get a pay for VPN, never ever go the free VPN route. I recommend
    nordvpn - On a thread where someone had his Playstation account compromised, I was prompted by a couple redditors to make a thread on how to "safekeep your security and privacy for dummies" basic guideNord VPN. Pricing is $108 every three years, equates to $3 a month. It's nothing, buy it.
  • If "Two Factor Authentication" is an option, you do it. No ifs, ands, or buts. Download any Authenticator App, and go through every single app that allows you to do 2FA, and get it going
  • NEVER, EVER use the same password twice for anything, and ALWAYS use a random combination of numbers, letters and special characters to make up your password. This makes it harder to hack/stealI use
    Password Safe Pro to safely store every single password I have to everything. It is offline based, so make sure you back up all of your info. I then either save the password to my browser so I don't have to keep entering it, or use
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    . For $40 a year I can copy something from my phone, then paste it to my desktop. You can see where I'm going with this.
  • Uninstall Norton, McAffe, and if you're paying for them cancel. Download Malware Bytes, Panda Dome, & CCleaner instead. Run them all 1-4 times a month, and you will not ever need anything more. They are all free.
  • This is a bit more "hardcore" but put a credit freeze on your accounts with the three major credit companies. EVERYONE has an account with them, even if you never signed up for one. (Equifax, Transunion and Experion) Equifax had a major hack recently where 1 of 2 Americans private information was compromised. Freezing will not allow any accounts to open under your name, until they are unfrozen at your chosen date. Freezing all three should cost about $20, with a free unfreeze.
  • Run a search on your e-mail addresses on Have I been Pwned, tells you if you may be compromised or not

Privacy

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  • Step one : LIMIT Google, DELETE Facebook (You really don't need it)
  • Use Proton Mail instead of Gmail. When you "sign into an app using Google", you give the app full permission to view, send, edit all of your emails. This obviously compromises you. You can keep your gmail, but use Proton Mail as your main and private e-mail. Every single e-mail is encrypted, and for $40 a year, you can get an @pmail.com instead of an @protonmail.com handle (among other more important features that normalize it and makes it feel more like gmail)
  • Stop Using Chome. I Use Brave instead. Google is big on gathering your data, then selling it to somebody Else. STOP that by not using Google.
  • Duck Duck Go and/or StartPage for search engines, not Google. They are private search engines that are worse than Googles, but they don't gather or sell any of your information
  • NEVER use your real name anywhere it's not necessary (Social Media, Video Games etc). Especially if you're like me and you have a unique name. You can use an alias, you can use your first name and a made up last name, whatever works. But the point : Only use your real full name when you absolutely have to. If you get compromised, it's very easy for anyone to then link your information to your real name/life
  • Use Signal as your new sms app for your phone, and Wire for instant messaging. Again, encrypted secure blah blah methods for conversation
  • Don't use the Reddit App or anything official Reddit. Reddit is notorious for collecting and selling user data, use
    Reddit is Fun instead
  • Use Nuke Reddit History and delete all your comments/posts every week, month, three months or so. I can't tell you how much information everyone posts about themselves just on comments. Anyone who REALLY wants to get your information can if you're not smart about privacy on reddit (Tweet Delete for Twitter)

Final General Online Safety Tips

-Know your money in and out. Know how much you have, know how much you spend, know when you're going to spend it. I have every single bank account/credit account on text alert, so the second even $1 is spent I get a text message. I can stop fraud easily and quickly this way.

-Know yourself. Search your name, aliases on Google every now and again and see what's out there about you. Ideally, you want to see nothing personal. If that's the case, you're doing great! If you are like me, and you find your home address on Google, then there are steps to take to fix that, but that's for another story.

Lastly, this is a guide for a digital lifestyle. Of course there's some timeless tips like use cash or live off the grid etc, but I'm writing a guide that's practical for the common man who enjoys and thrives in the digital space. I must also emphasize it is impossible to be 100% secure online. No matter what, if someone is skilled enough or persistent enough, they can get your information. However, it is important to be as secure as you possible can.

With all that said, thanks for reading! I hope this proves useful to someone. I can answer questions here and there, but in general this is all I have to say, Cheers and stay safe 🙂

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