Category: Internet

Yahoo account safe practices

Source : https://help.yahoo.com/kb/yahoo-account/SLN8292.html

Everyone using yahoo account must read this and follow safe practice.

It’s important to keep your Yahoo account information private and make your account hard to hack. A strong password, up-to-date contact information, and good online habits help keep your account secure and make it easier to regain access if you get locked out.

Keep your account safe and secure
Tips for keeping your Yahoo account safe.

Change your password regularly
There’s no better way to protect your account from being compromised.

Be sure to use a new password each time. And don’t use the same password for different websites.

Create a secure, strong password
Reduce the risk of unauthorized access to your account.

Add an alternate email address and mobile number to your account
Having an alternate email address or mobile number helps us quickly confirm your identity using a verification email or SMS message so you can get back into your account.

Update your account recovery information
Be sure your alternate email address and mobile number are up-to-date.

Create an app-specific password
Some 3rd party apps, like iOS Mail, Android Mail, and Outlook, don’t work with Yahoo second sign-in verification. To use these apps with your Yahoo account, you’ll need to generate an app-specific password.

Sign out after each session
This is especially important if you use a public or shared computer.

If you’ve selected the Remember my ID on this computer box, signing out will disable that option.

Check your account’s Login Activity
Periodically check the login activity for your account to make sure you recognize the locations of each log in. If you see unfamiliar logins, here’s how to secure your account.

Disable yahoo search history

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  • In “keep search history” set “Search history off”
  • You may set “Alert me” for “Seacrch scan”

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  • You may select “Search history” and click “Clear history” to delete all search history stored by yahoo

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Google account safe practices

Your google account is very important. You must read and follow these safe practices while using google account

Set recovery options

Make sure you set a recovery email address or set a recovery phone number. It will be your only option to reset the google account password if you forget it.

Privacy and Security

Google will inform you about any suspious activity on your account.
Set your phone number to get security notification. If any suspicious activity is detected then you will get alert on you phone
Check “Account permissions” to see which third party sites are accessing your account info


Account Permissions
On the Account Permissions view of your Google Account, you can see a list of third-party sites and applications. These are sites and applications to which you’ve granted permission to access your Google Account, and you can see on this list to what parts of your account they have access.


Security notification settings
If Google needs to tell you about changes to your account, or if we find suspicious activity, we’ll let you know. Depending on the info we have from you, we’ll get in touch by text, by emailing your main and recovery email addresses, or by doing both. These texts and emails are for account security purposes, and we won’t send you any advertising emails or spam.

Adjust your notifications:

  1. Go to your Account Settings page
  2. Go to “Recent Activity.” Then choose Notifications & Alerts Settings.
  3. Check the boxes to receive alerts by phone or email.


General security information

2-Step Verification
https://support.google.com/accounts/topic/28786
https://www.google.com/landing/2step/

2-Step Verification adds an extra layer of security to your Google Account, drastically reducing the chances of having the personal information in your account stolen. To break into an account with 2-Step Verification, bad guys would not only have to know your username and password, they’d also have to get a hold of your phone.

How it works
1 Enter your password
Whenever you sign in to Google you’ll enter your username and password as usual.

2 You’ll be asked for something else
Then, you’ll be asked for a code that will be sent to you via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Or, if you have a Security Key, you can insert it into your computer’s USB port.

Keep it simple
During sign-in, you can tell us to remember that particular computer. From then on, when you sign in to that computer, we’ll just ask for your password.
You’ll still be covered, because when you or anyone else tries to sign in to your account from another computer, a verification code or a Security Key will be required.

Sign in to multiple accounts at once
If you have more than one Google Account, you can use multiple sign-in to switch between accounts without having to sign out and back in again. For example, if you have one Google Account for personal use and a different Google Account for business, you can easily switch between the two within the same browser (like Chrome or Firefox) using multiple sign-in.

Google Account History settings
Your Account History settings give you control over the information that’s saved to your Google Account. When these settings are on, Google may store and use this information whenever you’re signed in to a Google product on any device.

You’re in control of your Google Account settings, and you can change them at any time.

Disabe account History

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  • Make sure you disable all of the settings so that no history is kept of your account
  • Disable “Your search and browsing activity”

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  • Disable search history of youtube

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Delete search history

  • Sign into google account
  • Goto search history : https://history.google.com/history/
  • If you see something as shown below then, tick as shown below and click “Remove items” to delete all the search history stored by google

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Disable chrome sync

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  • If chrome sync is not disbaled then it will show message as shown below.
  • Disable it by clicking ” Stop and Clear”

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  • Click “OK” to disable chrome sync

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Other safe practices

  • Secure your passwords
    Learn more about how to create strong passwords and keep your information safe.

    Read more

  • Signing in and out
    Signing into your Google Account is simple and useful—but know when it is important to sign out as well.

    Read more

  • Check your Gmail settings
    If you use Gmail, you can follow these steps to help make sure your account stays safe.

    Read more

  • Use secure networks
    Be extra careful whenever you go online using a network you don’t know, and learn about setting up your home router and WiFi network securely.

    Read more

  • Lock your screen or device
    You wouldn’t go out for the day and leave your front door wide open, right? Find out why you should also lock your screen or device.

    Read more

  • Keep your device clean
    Find out some common signs that your device might be infected with malware—malicious software designed to harm your device or network—and how you can protect yourself.

Read more

Free Malicious & Phishing URL scanners for web browsers

These free applications and web browser addons/extensions are very helpful in blocking malicious & phishing websites.

1) Bitdefender TrafficLight
It is available as web broswer addon.
Easy to install and use
Malicious & phishing url detection rate is very good.

  • Advanced malware filter
  • Protection against phishing attacks
  • Trackers identifier
  • Link scanner (including on Facebook and Twitter)

Supported web browser

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari

Download Link : http://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/trafficlight.html

2) Norton Identity Safe

To use this you will have to create a norton online account. In addition to URL scanner you get a password manager
Norton Identity Safe is available as application installer. After installation you will need to activate web browser addons.
Malicious & phishing url detection rate is very good. It analyses the web page you visit . It may take few seconds to detect malicious & phishing url.

Norton Identity Safe is a free password manager that makes logging into your favorite sites easier and more secure.

  • Never again forget a user name or password. Ever.
  • Stop filling in the same forms over and over.
  • Keeps your passwords synchronized across different computers, browsers, and mobile devices.
  • Share interesting content via social networks and email. Quickly and Safely.
  • Warns you of unsafe sites right in your search results and blocks them.
  • Stores your passwords and more in a secure, cloud-based vault that only you can access.

Supported web browser : Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Download Link : https://identitysafe.norton.com/

3) McAfee Site Advisor
McAfee site advisor is available as application installer. After installation you will need to activate web browser addons.
Malicious & phishing url detection rate is very good. It analyses the web page you visit using mcafee server. It may take few seconds to detect malicious & phishing url.

  • Gives rating to websites in search result
  • Block malicious and phishing URL
  • Safer shopping

Supported web browser : Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Download Link : https://www.siteadvisor.com/final/index.html

4) AVG LinkScanner
AVG link scanner is available as application installer.
AVG is easy to install and use. Just install it and it will start working.
Malicious & phishing url detection rate is good

  • Real-time scanning of links you click on so you can be sure you are protected from the latest hacked or exploited websites.
  • Global community network providing up-to-date information, constantly updated to ensure you will always get reliable and up-to-date information about the websites you visit, even on newer or less popular sites.
  • Analysis of each web page instead of the web site. A web site may contain hundreds of web pages; LinkScanner scans each page to ensure you are protected.
  • Emphasis on analyzing the websites you actually visit, so you can feel confident LinkScanner is protecting you.

Easy on YOU

  • Compatible with most current anti-virus and security suite products, so you can continue to use your existing security software
  • Minimal use of system resources, LinkScanner will not slow down your computer even while protecting you as you surf the Internet
  • Easy to install and configure, to begin protecting you immediately
  • Automatic upgrades whenever a new threat is found by the threat intelligence network

Supported web browser :

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (6.0 or higher), including IE 8.0
  • Mozilla Firefox (2.0 or higher)
  • Chrome
  • Opera (Active Surf-Shield only)

Download Link : http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/AVG-LinkScanner.shtml

5) Avast Online Security
Avast is available as web broswer addon.
Malicious & phishing url detection rate is weak.

Provides you with access to Avast’s website reputation system, powered by a community of more than 220M users.
• Shows you a site’s rating next to its link in your search results.
• Warns you when you’re visiting websites with a bad reputation.
• Allows you to rate a site with a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down, thus improving the system and helping other users.
• Automatically redirects you to a legitimate site when you mistype a URL (e.g., llego.com –> lego.com

Extension for chrome : https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/avast-online-security
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Extension for Opera : https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/avast-online-security/?display=en

6) Avira Browser Safety
Avira is available as web broswer addon. Easy to install.
Avira has good malware download blocking capability.
But detection of malicious & phishing url is weak.

Safe Browsing
Never land on a harmful website.

Privacy Protection
Blocks browser trackers, which prevents thousands of ad networks from monitoring what you search and shop for.

Deal Finder
Never overpay when shopping online.

Supported web browser : Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Download Link : http://www.avira.com/en/avira-browser-safety

Avira SafeSearch Plus
Avira SafeSearch Plus is a browser extension that red-flags infected websites in your search results.
It secures all searches on your homepage, new tabs, and gets set as your default search engine.

Download Link : http://www.avira.com/en/avira-safesearch-plus

7) Dr.Web LinkChecker
Dr. web has least malicious & phishing url detection rate. Don’t bother using it

Dr.Web LinkCheckers is a free extension for checking web pages and files downloaded from the Internet. Install the extension to your browser and surf the World Wide Web without fear of a virus attack!

  • Scans web pages before they are opened
  • Warns users of social networking websites about following links to other sites and scans the linked content
  • Detects and checks malformed links
  • Scans downloadable Internet files
  • Detects viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, and other malicious objects
  • Checks links for scripts and frames
  • Checks links provided in e-mail messages processed by Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Dr.Web software is not required!
  • Scans files up to 12 MB in size!
  • Scans take just seconds!

Download Dr.Web LinkChecker for FREE

Supported web browser : Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, Chrome

Download Link
Firefox : http://www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/mozilla+firefox/
Internet Explorer : www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/internet+explorer/
Opera : http://www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/opera/
Safari : http://www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/safari/
Chrome : www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/google+chrome/

Best free cloud based online storage websites

Here are the list of best free cloud based storage services. All of them let you share publicly the uploaded files.

1. SurDoc

Storage Space :  100 GB

Web upload : Yes

SSL security encryption : Yes

Website : https://www.surdoc.com

Documents are files that you can print or play, such as MS Office files, PDFs, web pages, text files, photos, music files and video files. SurDoc is primarily designed to host your documents. You can upload these kinds of files to your SurDoc account without any restrictions except for the total storage allotment.

 

2. MEGA

Storage Space :  50 GB

Web upload : Yes

SSL security encryption : Yes

Website : https://mega.co.nz

3. ADRIVE

Storage Space :  50 GB

Web upload : Yes

SSL security encryption : No

Website : http://www.adrive.com

4. FIREDRIVE

Storage Space :  50 GB

Web upload : Yes

SSL security encryption : Yes

Website : http://www.firedrive.com/

Firedrive can open over 150+ file types so you can view them through any browser or device.

 

5. MEDIAFIRE

Storage Space :  10 GB

Web upload : Yes

SSL security encryption : Yes

Website : https://www.mediafire.com