Good Online Browsing Practices

  • Use a good Ad Blocker (for example, AdBlockPlus+).

  • Don’t randomly browse the web (without a controlled browsing environment, i.e. Tails).

  • Keep your browser up to date.

  • Use a password manager to generate, backup and secure your passwords.

  • Remove any unused or random browser extensions.

  • Make sure sites you transfer any sensitive data on are HTTPS.

  • Verify URLs of important tools from multiple safe and public locations (within reason).

  • Always assume software you are downloading is being spoofed or tampered with. Hash verification can go a long way (use GtkHash in Tails to conduct hash verification).

  • When using Tails online, do not plug in or insert any storage devices such as SD cards. Select reasonable network settings when you boot Tails.

  • Don't download everything you see on the Internet. Only download the very specific files you need and you intended to download, especially in the case of this book. Be reasonable here.

  • Regularly monitor accounts and bank statements.

  • Don't use unsecured or public WIFI; assume all data transferred over WIFI is compromised.

  • Use a VPN; it can go a long way in protecting your privacy.

  • Disable stored passwords in browsers.

  • Don't use Windows for anything, ever (IMO).

  • Always enable 2-factor, if available - use 2-factor apps like Authy/Google Authenticator and always remember to safely backup your 2 factor backup codes.

Here are some more guides on safe web browsing:

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