Online security is for everyone. Information about your life is spread across dozens, even hundreds, of services—where you shop, communicate, share information, and store files. Losing control of your digital identity can have real consequences, including embarrassing losses of privacy, devastating financial blows, and risks to personal safety. And whether it’s fair or not, the onus is on you to protect yourself. Although the task can seem overwhelming, just a few simple steps are enough to drastically reduce your risks online.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be adding to this page more steps that everyone can take, as well as advice for handling special circumstances that require extra attention. Nothing can make you perfectly secure, especially in situations where someone targets you specifically, but these steps will decrease the chances of random attacks and make them less likely to be successful.
We recommend working through this advice a little at a time. Some of these steps take minutes or even seconds to complete, but others are complicated, and it’s best to inch your way forward rather than wear yourself out thinking too much about it all. The goal is to have a strong security baseline for your online life that doesn’t require much effort to maintain but truly makes your digital life more secure.