How To

How to Stay Safe, Protect Your Privacy and Digital Life


Educating yourself against the threats on the Internet is one of the best lines of defense in your personal cybersecurity. While traditional Internet Security software programs can catch a lot of the threats before they get to you, it can’t catch all of them. Cybercriminals will try any tactic to try to get your personal information, including non-digital methods such as tech support phone scams, tax fraud and social engineering.

From clean computing, avoiding malware, setting up new devices to staying safe on social media, our “how-to” section has everything you need to know to keep yourself safe. In this section, you can learn how to spot spam, stop spyware in its tracks, avoid ransomware, malware and more.

  • Spam, spam, go away

    Spam. In some ways, it's the electronic equivalent of junk mail and junk phone calls. Spam is not only an unsolicited and annoying nuisance, it's also a pervasive problem that's clogging and overwhelming the Internet's email systems. Spam accounts for approximately 80 percent of worldwide email volume.

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  • Ten ways to keep your data private

    The Internet has blurred the lines between real world and the virtual one. Technology is barreling into our hands through smartphones at an unbelievable pace.

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  • Ransomware on the rise: Norton tips on how to prevent getting infected

    Many online users are still being confronted with similar messages to the above thanks to a type of malware called ransomware. The scam works by using malware to disable the victims’ computers until they pay a ransom to restore access.

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  • How to choose antivirus software: What you need to know

    Learn how to choose antivirus software to protect your computer or mobile device against viruses, malware, phishing, ransomware and other threats.

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  • How to safely use public Wi-Fi hotspots while holiday shopping

    If you’re on free public Wi-Fi while out holiday shopping, be sure to add a little ho-ho-ho to that Wi-Fi hotspot with these security tips.

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  • The importance of data back-up

    Have you ever lost a lot of really important data? Or, alternately, have you ever had a moment of panic where you thought you did? Whether it's images of a family vacation, a report from work or a...

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  • The importance of general software updates and patches

    We all get them from time to time- those little windows that pop up, notifying us that there are software updates available for our computer. Chances are, these always seem to present themselves...

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  • How to protect your new tech

    The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, and a time when many receive new gadgets. If youre the type that regularly receives smartwatches, wearable tech, and other gadgets as gifts,...

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  • 7 Do's and Don’ts of secure online tax filing

    Online fraud is one of fastest growing crimes of our time. The ability to be anonymous, and the fact that it can be performed anywhere in the world makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for law enforcement to curb it.

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  • Catch spyware before it snags you

    Have you ever clicked on an intriguing ad or link while surfing the Web and had a barrage of pop-up windows flood your screen or your browser suddenly send you to a slew of unsavory sites?

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  • How to secure your passwords

    Let’s face facts: it's easy to forget passwords. People often use simple words, such as a pet's name, or easy-to-remember dates such as a wedding anniversary. A hacker could try your name, children's names, birthdates and pets' names as passwords to get access to your computer.

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  • What to do if you become involved in a data breach

    Cybercriminals are attracted to stealing data that they can make money from, such as credit and debit card numbers, bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates, full names and addresses. They can commit identity theft with Social Security numbers, sell credit and debit card numbers to other cybercriminals or bleed bank accounts dry using bank account information.

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  • Mobile

    A mobile device is prone to many online threats. Learn about the various types of mobile device cyberthreats and what solutions are available to be safer on mobile.

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  • Kids' Safety

    With the right information at your fingertips, you can make better decisions for your child’s cyber safety. Read articles about online security for your family.

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  • IoT

    Learn about emerging threats to your Internet connected devices, and ways you can keep your home network secure.

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