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Security Clearance: 6 Essential Tips for Protecting Your Computer

* When properly taken care of, a good computer should last for years
* Keeping
 your software updated and incorporating a few security add-ons will help
* Protect your computer with these essential tips

Your computer is an investment, and like any good investment, it requires a little maintenance every now and then. Whether you want to browse more anonymously or make your online network more reliable, here are six ways to keep your computer secure.

1. Invest in a Good Antivirus

The Norton antivirus package is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems. With the ability to cover up to five devices under one subscription, this antivirus package comes complete with automatic updates and a 24/7 live chat option that puts you in touch with a certified technician. It also offers cloud backup solutions just in case.

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2. Switch Over to an Encrypted Email App

Gmail may be convenient, but it’s notorious for keeping tabs on users. In fact, until recently Google would read your emails in order to serve up ads. If you want a more secure (and private) email, use ProtonMail. This secure email app automatically uses end-to-end encryption on every email, making your messages impossible to intercept. What’s more, the service never logs IP addresses, which means you’re completely anonymous when you use it.

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3. Use a More Secure Web Browser

The Epic browser offers a no-frills, fully anonymous browsing experience. Unlike Google Chrome, where all your browsing history is recorded and logged, the Epic browser automatically erases all trackers and cookies after every use. It also blocks potential harmful scripts and popups from appearing on your screen, which in turn has been said to increase page loading times by 25%.

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5. Add a Few Good Privacy Extensions

While popular web browsers like Chrome and Firefox may not be great for privacy, there are tons of add-ons that can help. Privacy Badger is a free and easy-to-use app that blocks all spying ads and invisible trackers, thereby giving you a much safer — and faster — browsing experience. Simply download the app and immediately enjoy a faster, less cluttered browsing experience. You’re welcome.

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6. Use 2-Factor Authentication for Services That Offer It

If your password acts as a virtual lock into your network, then 2-factor authentication acts as the barbed wire fence around it. By enabling 2-factor authentication on your email and other sensitive web services, you’re essentially setting up another password that you — and only you — know. Most 2FA methods use a person’s cell phone to text a secure password, but there are other ways of enabling it as well. Google Authenticator is one of the most widely used.

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