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WHAT IS A SECURE CONNECTION TO THE INTERNET?
Cellular connections (not Wi-Fi) are encrypted and SECURE.
Wi-Fi at Universities, Hotels, Libraries, Coffee Shops, etc.
IS NOT SECURE. Any computer on those networks may have
malware harvesting EVERYTHING you say, type and read.
When using a public Wi-Fi network use a VPN. A VPN secures
your device's internet connection to guarantee that all data
you are sending and receiving is encrypted and secure from
prying eyes. Iowa State requires its students to use a VPN.
Couple of excellent VPN services: ExpressVPN, NordVPN. VPN
Reviews from Top10VPN.
OUCH! -- Staying Secure on the Road
OUCH! -- Securely Using Mobile Apps
OUCH! -- Securing Your New Tablet
BACKING UP YOUR STUFF
BACKING UP YOUR COMPUTER
OUCH! -- Backup & Recovery
Backup Option for PCs
Backup Options for macOS
Use Time Machine to back up or restore your Mac
Backup to external HD or SSD, via command line
rsync -av /Users/User_Name/ /Volumes/MySSD
rsync --delete -av /Users/User_Name/ /Volumes/MySSD
Dropbox (Free service for all platforms)
Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc.,
headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers
cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software.
Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of
their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it
appears to be the same folder (with the same contents)
regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files
placed in this folder also are accessible through a website
and mobile phone applications.
One can backup specified files and folders to Dropbox using
symbolic links via the command line. For example:
ln -is ~/Documents ~/Dropbox/Documents
Anything added, deleted or changed on the PC/Mac is replicated
in Dropbox and vice versa. Deleting File/Folder in Dropbox
also deletes it immediately from the PC/Mac! Just so you know.
Carbonite (backup in the cloud Windows PC, Macs)
Time Machine (Mac)
The Best Online Backup Services of 2017
Reminder: Beware of the "Cloud"
If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again!
Google collects Android users' locations even when location
services are disabled
CHOOSING A SECURE DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE FOR YOUR BROWSER
Switching to a more secure, privacy focused search engine is
another way to maintain better privacy while browsing the
web. Most of the popular search engines rely on selling
users advertisements to make money. However, engines like
Startpage, and DuckDuckGo sell general advertisements or
rely on donations to make money.
DuckDuckGo does not track you
Use Google without being tracked
Tim Berners-Lee: selling private citizens' browsing data is "disgusting"
Privacy When Using the Internet
Outbound Firewalls -- Monitor all web traffic
ZoneAlarm (Outbound Firewall for MS Windows)
Radio Silence (Outbound Firewall for macOS)
Hands Off! (BiDirectional Firewall for macOS)
Little Snitch (Outbound Firewall for macOS)
However, Little Snitch, ZoneAlarm, Outbound Firewalls, Blech!
Learning Home Computer Security is not sufficient -- One has
to commit the knowledge to practice.