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  • Writer's pictureBurton Kelso, Tech Expert

How To Improve Your Internet Safety and Privacy

June is National Internet Safety Month which is an annual initiative by federal and state governments specifically dedicated to educating people on internet safety and promoting safe online practices and behavior. When you use the internet, you need to focus on creating habits that will help you protect your online privacy and security. Good habits protect your online privacy and strengthen your security, while the bad ones put you at risk to have your information and devices compromised by cybercriminals. If you need to know what positive habits to create when you're online, check out these quick and easy tips that will help you develop practices that will keep you safe from all of the threats on the internet.

Stop Using Passwords. You suck at creating passwords. When you create them, you focus on creating ones that help you remember them. This leads to the practice of using objects that are close to you .... such as the stuff you share on social media like your kid's names, where you grew up, the high school you attended and the list goes on. Instead, create passphrases. Passphrases are two unrelated words that form a strong password. A passphrase looks like donteatbrownsnow561! or thepurpleturkeypecks926. Using passphrases are easy to remember and harder for criminals to crack.

Stick to Using Secure Browsers. There are web browsers and then there are web browsers. Most of you probably are using Safari, Edge, or Chrome, but did you know these browsers collect your personal information and surfing habits to tar