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Sep 20, 2014
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Put on your tinfoil hats, people. It's time to get paranoid; the Internet is out to get you!

You've got naked selfies getting stolen from iCloud, (Jennifer Lawrence is not amused), Gmail passwords getting posted on some Russian website (your friend who uses Gmail is not amused), and America's NSA spying on every-freakin'-body (your laking-tate friend is not amused). And those are just the famous hacks from the past year.

Scary, right?

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If you want to avoid getting hacked, there are a few things you can do to make sure the bad guys don't get you. In a nutshell, you have to secure your online accounts, secure your browsing, and secure your network, then always be vigilant (read: never let your digital guard down, no matter what). Wash, rinse, repeat.

There is no silver bullet to online security. It is something you must do all the time. It's a process. It's a way of life. We know, we know. Bummer. Well, it's not like we have a choice if we want to be hack-proof. So, let's get started, shall we? See below, our TechKnow guide on how to make your digital life hack-proof!


GET YO' ASS OFF GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK

There are plenty of places on the Internet that are watching what you do online, but Google and Facebook are among the biggest offenders. Google keeps track of every search query and email to deliver uncannily appropriate ads to you, while Facebook is busy mining every selfie, like, and share to basically do the same thing. The amount of information they have about you is mind-blowing.

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If you're worried about security, avoid services like Google and Facebook–or, at the very least, manage your privacy settings and avoid posting personal details about yourself. But since, oh, around 90-percent of what we do online is on these sites, this advice is often ignored. Sad.

Allow us to freak you out then and consider this: most of your friends on Facebook can easily find out your pet's name, your mother's maiden name, and your residence. Coincidentally, this is the same info many online services ask for in case you forgot your password, which some experts suggest is how hackers broke into the iCloud account of Jennifer Lawrence and friends in the great Fappening of 2014. Which brings us to…


LIE!


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Because the answers to common security questions can be found on your ef-bee, Instagram, or Twitter, it's best practice to give answers that have nothing to do with reality. Birthplace? Winterfell, the North, Westeros, 90210. Mother's maiden name? Darna! Fave superhero? Kuya JL!


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