The modern guide to staying safe online

The internet can be a scary place. Threats come in many forms, lurking in practically any corner. Worse, yesterday’s prevailing advice for staying safe online — avoid dodgy websites, don’t traffic in stolen or illegal goods, interact only with people you know — no longer holds. Phishing emails from supposed family members, spyware piggybacking on legitimate apps, well-known sites hijacked with malicious code — digital safety clearly needs new rules to meet today’s evolving threatscape.

Considering how much of our digital lives occurs online — communications, financial transactions, entertainment, work, education, to name a few — adopting even a few safe browsing practices can lead to broad benefits. And this includes how we deal with email messages as well, given how popular email is as a delivery mechanism for online attacks using exploit kits and malware.

Here, we provide a strategic guide for staying safe online, outlining what you can do to protect your data and privacy on the web, while remaining productive.

Understand your threat profile

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