The following articles have been updated to reflect new and important security protection schemes:
10/11/2012: Added information about Google Takeout and Data Liberation to How to: Anonymous Browsing, Internet Privacy.
10/7/2012: NFC is a new frontier in security headaches. Researchers can use a smartphone to skim a credit card and reuse it. Disable it now, see our Android Smartphone Security, How to securely use your Android Smartphone or Tablet article.
9/18/2012: There is a new Internet Explorer bug that is being exploited, with no fix currently available. Microsoft suggests you use their EMET tool, or you could simply switch to Chrome or Firefox browsers. On 9/21/2012, this patch made its way into Windows Update.
8/27/2012: Dropbox now supports 2 factor authentication. Enable it now!
8/10/2012: Blizzard’s BattleNet got hacked, Diablo 3, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, etc.
- Change your passwords immediately and use a different password for each site. We suggest that you buy their two-factor authentication device. The answers to security questions also got compromised. If you use these same questions and answers on other sites, we suggest you change them on other sites. We have been recommending that users use unique answers to every security question on each site. Read – How to create, store, and use secure passwords
8/8/2012: A Wired writer got his world hacked and computer erased quickly. This could happen to you! He did not use 2 factor authentication which probably could have prevented the problem. Turn on 2 factor authentication for gmail right away.