Are we safe online? Can we trust our news sources? We all have critical thinking skills to help us stay stafe and recognize reliable sources of information. Click on the arrows below for tools to keep those skills sharp:
For in-depth information and custom privacy toolkits, it's hard to beat the Virtual Privacy Lab at the San Jose Public Library.
Read on for more of our best tips and favorite resources.
Use strong passwords (lengthy, uppercase and lowercase, letters and numbers)
Set computers to log out after fifteen minutes
Log out of email and other services when finished
Keep your operating systems and applications up to date
Logins & Passwords
Use two factor authentication when possible. For a list of websites and services that support two factor authentication visit 2FA.
Here's a few private search engines we recommend:
"Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web."
"HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox, Chrome, and Opera extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure."
"uBlockOrigin is an efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there."
Orbot allows you to use the Tor network on Android devices.