Simple Steps to Protect Your Privacy Online
Many people believe that they can't do anything to protect their privacy online, but actually that's not true! If you’re tired of being tracked online, DuckDuckGo can help.
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While privacy and security are not the same, if your accounts are not secured, your privacy is at risk. That’s why we also recommend you take these additional, simple steps to increase your security:
Update your software — Your device operating systems get out-of-date over time, and old software can contain security bugs that could leak personal data. Set your devices (and the apps on them) them to update automatically. That way you'll always have the latest, safest versions.
Use a password manager — Have you ever used the same password on more than one website? If the answer's yes, then your privacy may be compromised due to data leaks. The fix is easy: start creating unique passwords for every website you use. That may sound like a lot of work, but it’s not when you use a password manager. Password managers generate and store secure passwords for you automatically. Many browsers now have them built-in, or you can use a tool like Dashlane or 1Password that work across multiple browsers.
Set up two-factor authentication — Two-factor authentication (also known as multi-step login) is where you use a code to log in to websites in addition to your password. You should set up two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible, and certainly on your major accounts (email, financial, etc.). You can check if major sites have it available here, which also links directly to the right documentation pages.
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Note: This blog post has been updated since initial publication.