Changing surveillance laws and policies might be slow going, but the good news is, there are things each of us can do right now to make the Internet safer and protect our stuff.
Here are three things you can do right now to stay safe online:
1. How safe is your email? See if your email provider encrypts messages in transit.
Many email providers don’t encrypt, which means emails sent to and from those services are as easy for outsiders to view as a postcard in the mail. Find out which email providers support encryption in the Transparency Report.
2. If you use Gmail, protect your account.
A strong password is only the beginning. Log in to your account now and update your security settings for better protection—it only takes a few minutes. (For your security, you’ll be asked for your password.)
3. Explore these 12 safety tips.
There are lots of ways to keep your stuff safe online—at home, at work, or on the go. From stronger passwords to Safety Mode on YouTube, we’ve detailed 12 tips for you right here. Explore them all and see what makes sense for you.