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Most of us do our best to implement security measures to protect our computers. One easy way, of course, is to never click links from unknown sources, which sounds like a no-brainer, but did you know cyberhackers will create email addresses that closely mirror one of your friend’s or associate’s? I wrote about a real-life occurrence where a woman, thinking she’d received an email from a close friend, clicked on an embedded link within the email…which triggered ransomware that locked up her computer. My post on her story: Safer Internet Day: A Ransomware Story & Cyber-Security Tips.

Below I list some easy-to-download online security add-ons for your browser. Of course, there are more pervasive ways to protect computers, such as switching to protected browsers and search engines, but for this post I’m focusing on browser add-ons only.

Add-Ons to Help Protect Your Browsing

Below are a few browser add-ons and their descriptions. Click on the link to read more about each service.

Disconnect: Blocks many forms of invasive tracking.

Ghostery: Similar to Disconnect, Ghostery blocks numerous invasive trackers.

AdBlock Plus: Besides blocking ads, it also prevents you from visiting malware-hosting domains and disables third-party tracking cookies.

Privacy Badger: Offered via the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Badger blocks spying ads & invisible trackers.

HTTPS://Everywhere: This is a collaboration between the Tor Project and Electronic Frontier Fountain. To put it simply, HTTPS://Everywhere encrypts communications with many major websites.

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Shaun Kaufman has 30 years of in-court experience, with hundreds of hours spent defending numerous high-profile cases including homicide, white-collar theft and RICO offenses. Specialties: Criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, DUI.

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