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Travel Tip: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

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screenThere’s a lot of talk about our digital privacy, and who’s watching what we do online.

It all starts with what’s literally visible on your screen.

3M has privacy screen filters that cover your computer screen…so you can see what you’re working on, but the person sitting next to you can’t.

Antispyware protection is crucial. That protects you from hidden software that gathers information about what you’re looking at online.

There are paid programs out there, but there are also some pretty effective free programs, like Lavosoft’s Ad-Aware and Microsoft Windows Defender.

Online tools like Dropbox and Google Drive are great for storing and sharing files on the road. But these items live in the so-called cloud, not your hard drive, so it’s not TOTALLY secure.

There are encrypted cloud-storage devices, but a better option is to simply leave the personal information out of it.

But always do some basic monitoring yourself. Clean out your browser history and cookies on a regular basis.

If you’re worried about deleting your passwords, consider a tool that puts all your passwords in a secure place, like Keeper, Password Genie, and 1Password.

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